English County Club Somerset has made an announcement on Thursday in which New Zealand’s all-rounder Corey Anderson has agreed over the signing to play the NatWest Twenty20 Blast for the club in July, this year.

Anderson will join South African Test batsman Dean Elgar, who is expected to miss the initial games owing to international commitments.

“I’m delighted to be heading to Somerset for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast,” Anderson was quoted as saying by Somerset Cricket Club.

In 2015, Anderson was expected to join the squad before he was ruled out due to the back injury.

Anderson, who was the then part of Mumbai Indians, fractured left-hand finger and was eventually ruled out of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), after playing first four matches for the Mumbai-based outfit.

“Having been unable to fulfil a contract at Somerset a few years ago due to injury, I’m excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club,” Anderson stated.

The 26-year-old Anderson has played a significant part in the domestic circuit and has featured in different leagues across the globe.

“Somerset have a strong squad that are looking to challenge on all fronts this season and I hope I can play my part as we push for the T20 title,” Anderson maintained.

Anderson was recently a part of the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils led by former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan. However, Delhi finished at the sixth position on IPL group stage table with 12 points after claiming just six wins in 14 matches.

The Christchurch-born left-handed batsman Anderson is the part of New Zealand’s 15-member ICC Champions Trophy squad before joining Somerset to be available for the full season, as the T20 competition is scheduled to kick off in early July.

The Director of Cricket for Somerset Matt Maynard has expressed his satisfaction after availing the services of Anderson adding Kiwi recruit would give his best – to entertain his fans during the widely acclaimed league.

“To be able to add a player of his calibre to the squad is great news for us,” he said. He’s an exciting player and a very talented cricketer who strikes the ball exceptionally well,” Maynard said.

Maynard believes players like Anderson bring experience to the table, as he has decent numbers on his back from his international experience.

“It was a shame that he couldn’t play for us a few years ago but I have no doubt that he will show the supporters that it was worth the wait!,” Maynard concluded.

Interestingly, Anderson has broken the 17-year-old record of Shahid Afridi’s, who smashed fastest ODI century on 37 balls century against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996.

However, Anderson battered the West Indies bowlers on January 1st, 2014 at Queenstown, in a bid to eclipse Afridi, on the New Year’s Day. After making his international debut in 2013, Anderson has featured in 46 One-day Internationals, and 29 Twenty20 Internationals followed by 13 Tests.

He has scored 1,091 runs in ODIs and 432 in T20Is while claiming 57 wickets and 14 wickets, respectively. In overall 96 Twenty20 games, he has bagged 27 wickets and scored 1,626 runs at an average of 25.01.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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