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“Both Colin and Mitch have real match-winning pedigrees”
Worcestershire have signed New Zealand batsman Colin Munro and left-arm pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan for certain periods of the current county season.
Munro will represent Worcestershire in all of their Natwest T20 Blast matches, while McClenaghan will only join the county in July to play three Twenty20s, three County Championship matches and the entire group stages of the Royal London Cup.
McClenaghan comes at a time when Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal will be playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Munro noted that he was “excited and delighted” to be representing Worcestershire in the Natwest T20 Blast.
McClenaghan stated that he was eager to make an impact on Worcestershire’s chances of being promoted to the first division of the County Championship.
“The opportunity to play all three forms of the game over my six week stint will hopefully allow me to make a difference at an important time of the year,” McClenaghan said. “A full run in all the Royal London Cup group matches will also give a focus for success while aiming to make telling contributions in both the NatWest T20 and County Championship matches.”
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes added: “Both Colin and Mitch have real match-winning pedigrees. Colin we came across in Abu Dhabi and I was immediately impressed with the way he struck the ball against us. His strike rate of an equal amount of sixes to fours in T20 cricket shows the way he plays the game and I look forward to him showing some of his boundary hitting to the Worcestershire fans.
“Mitch will replace Saeed and play three T20 games alongside Colin to give a real Kiwi flavour to our team. His aggressive and quick left-arm bowling will be important in our push in both competitions. I am really looking forward to working with them.”