AB de Villiers signs to play T20 cricket for Middlesex

The South African is the second marquee signing announced by Middlesex for the Twenty20 Blast tournament after Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

“It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to pick the brain of one of the best players to have graced the game of cricket and for the support staff to work with him as well,” Middlesex coach Stuart Law said about the signing.   -  Getty Images

AB de Villiers has signed to play for English county side Middlesex in the Twenty20 Blast, the club announced on Monday.

The South African batsman is a second significant marquee signing for head coach Stuart Law, following the announcement that Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will join his squad for the T20 campaign.

De Villiers, 35, is available to play in the first seven rounds and, if necessary, will return for the latter stages of the tournament.

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The batsman has played in every Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008, scoring almost 4,000 runs at an average of just under 40.

“I have always wanted to play county cricket, and I am very much looking forward to joining Middlesex,” he said. “Playing at Lord’s is always a wonderful privilege.” Law said: “It’s exciting for all here at Middlesex to announce the arrival of AB de Villiers for the T20 Blast this season.

“It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to pick the brain of one of the best players to have graced the game of cricket and for the support staff to work with him as well.”