New Zealand’s limited-overs’ specialist opener –Martin Guptill and Australian batsman –Callum Ferguson have been signed up by the English County side Worcestershire for the upcoming T20 Blast.
On Wednesday (28 March), Worcestershire confirmed the signing of the duo. It has also confirmed that Guptill will be available for their first eight matches while Ferguson will then join the squad to replace the Kiwi batsman for the final six group games of the T20 Blast.
Meanwhile, another Australian –Travis Head, who was the key overseas signing of the County team, will be available for the entire T20 tournament; 14 –scheduled games.
Guptill will also be available for two County Championship matches against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire, filling in for Head when he will be on national duty.
As per AFP, Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp said, “Martin is a world-class player. In white ball, he is a destructive batsman. But he also has a good record in red ball cricket. With Martin and Travis (Head) and the rest of our batting line-up, it will be quite a scary prospect for some opposition sides to think what might happen.
When Travis leaves for the ODI Series with England, there will still be one Royal London One-Day Cup group game plus a potential quarter-final and semi-final before Guptill arrives.”
He signed off, “It is exciting for us to sign someone of his quality and I’m sure he is someone all the Rapids supporters will look forward to watching. Callum is very keen to get back playing representative cricket and get himself back to where he wants to be, and it is another excellent signing for us. Callum could be available to play in those and he will then step into the Blast for the last six games when Martin leaves.”