Middlesex County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of New Zealand’s left arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan, as an overseas replacement for Kyle Abbott in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign, after Abbott’s spell with the club expires at the end of June.
McClenaghan, who is currently starring for the Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League, where he is among the leading wicket takers in the competition, with fourteen at an average of 22.50, will be in contention to make his NatWest T20 Blast debut for Middlesex against the Sussex Sharks at Lord’s on Thursday 2 July.
McClenaghan will be available for the final six group matches of Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign. With 35 One Day internationals and 16 Twenty20 International caps for New Zealand to his name, McClenaghan is seen as the perfect replacement for Abbott, bringing both experience and firepower to the Middlesex attack.
On signing McClenaghan, Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, commented...
“Replacing one high quality overseas fast bowler with another was not easy but we have managed to do this with the signing of McClenaghan. Mitchell’s style, left arm fast, gives him a point of difference and his skill has allowed him to take wickets wherever he has played. We look forward to welcoming him to Lord’s at the start of July, for what we hope will be six important and exciting games.”
On signing for Middlesex, McClenaghan said...
“I am delighted to have signed for Middlesex for the NatWest T20 Blast. It's every player's dream to play at Lord’s and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so wearing a Middlesex shirt. The club have made a strong start to the season and I can't wait to join up with the squad at the end of June and hopefully contribute towards a challenge for silverware.”