Sussex have signed former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris as their first overseas player for the 2012 Friends Life t20.
The 36-year-old, who retired from international cricket in June last year, will be with the Sharks throughout the competition.
Styris has played T20 cricket in England for Durham, Middlesex and Essex, in his native New Zealand and in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers
“I love playing in the UK, and I feel privileged to have played for a couple of great clubs”, said Styris.
“While I am sad to be leaving Essex, where I have enjoyed the last two seasons, I’m really excited about joining Sussex in June and July for the competition.
“Sussex has been a powerhouse in one-day cricket in recent years and I look forward to contributing to the team and working with Mark Robinson and Mike Yardy during my time at Hove, and getting stuck into winning a trophy!”
Styris played 188 one-day internationals, 31 Twenty20 internationals, and 29 Test matches for New Zealand.
He made nearly 4,500 runs and took 137 wickets for New Zealand in the 50-over format whilst his 31 T20 matches yielded 578 runs and 18 wickets.
“Scott has been a real thorn in our side in the last couple of years for Essex and we are really pleased he has decided to join us”, said Mark Robinson, Sussex professional cricket manager.
“We have lacked someone who is able to come in during the middle overs and be able to clear the ropes, and Scott as we’ve seen to our cost is proven at doing this.
“His experience and his all-round capabilities will mean he will be a real addition to the Twenty20 squad.”