T20 Blast champions Birmingham Bears have received a major boost with New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum agreeing to join the side for the upcoming summer.
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McCullum joins the Bears on the back of leading the Black Caps to last Sunday’s World Cup final, which his side lost by seven wickets.
The 33-year-old has signed a seven-match deal with the reigning champions, with his first game set to be against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford on 26 June.
McCullum is the leading run-scorer in international T20 history, with 2,105 runs at an average of 35.67.
The Kiwi says he is looking forward to playing in front of packed crowds at Edgbaston.
“The Birmingham Bears had a great season last year, including winning the NatWest T20 Blast, and hopefully I can make a big contribution and ensure that we can progress in the tournament,” he said in a club statement.
“Edgbaston is a fantastic ground to play at and hopefully it will be rocking for the big Friday night matches. I’m really excited about becoming a Bear and the challenge ahead.”
McCullum has previously had spells in England with Sussex Sharks and Glenmorgan and starred in the Indian Premier League with the Chennai Super Kings.