Busy day today, so just a short piece for what is now DAY 91 of my challenge.
I recently wrote a piece on this blog that lauded the arrival of more overseas talent than ever before into county cricket. Over the last few days another pair of world-class players have committed themselves to playing for a county this summer.
After a brief stint with Derbyshire at the back end of last season, Cheteshwar Pujara has signed up as the replacement for Younis Khan at the start of the year for Yorkshire. Whilst it means that Younis will not not be seen this summer, Pujara arguably carries a greater star appeal and is certainly a player who will feature in Test cricket over the next few years and beyond.
Warwickshire, or rather the Birmingham Bears, have also snaffled a pretty decent overseas signing for themselves. World Cup runner-up and many people’s captain of the tournament, Brendon McCullum has signed up for a stint in the Natwest T20 Blast and looks set to dazzle crowds at Edgbaston. There is also hope that, as Somerset have seen with the arrival of Gayle, McCullum may also boost ticket sales for the T20’s this summer.
These recent signings once again prove that county cricket is capable of attracting the very best talents from around the world.