Defending champions Lancashire Lightning have signed big-hitting New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for the beginning of their defence of the English domestic Twenty20 title, the county announced on Friday.
Guptill will arrive at Old Trafford after completing his commitments with the Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League and is set to play the first six games for Lancashire in of their Twenty20 campaign.
Martin from New Zealand became the first player to score a double century in a one-day international and is the holder of the highest score in a 50-over World Cup after hitting an unbeaten 237 in the Black Caps’ quarter-final victory over the West Indies last year.
Martin Guptil is a formidable batsman, particularly in white-ball cricket, and is currently ranked as the world’s third best batsman in T20 cricket, said Lancashire coach and former England player Ashley Giles in a statement issued by the county.
He’s currently playing IPL cricket alongside Jos Buttler and will be ready to hit the ground running when he arrives at Emirates Old Trafford.
He’s got the ability to take games away from the opposition very quickly once he gets going and I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching him play, the former England spinner explained.
The 29-year old Guptill, who has previously played county cricket in England for Derbyshire, said: I hope I can make a real impact and help with their pursuit of another trophy in white-ball cricket.
He was also recently named skipper of the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2016 edition of the Carribean Premier League (CPL).