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Grant Elliot Becomes Latest to Join Kolpak Bandwagon: Report

AFP | Updated: March 30, 2017, 6:17 PM IST
Grant Elliot Becomes Latest to Join Kolpak Bandwagon: Report

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London: New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott has agreed to play for Warwickshire during their Twenty20 Blast campaign later this year.

Elliott will be registered as a non-overseas player under the 'Kolpak' ruling and is reported to be ready to call time on a nine-year international career which has brought him 104 caps for the Kiwis across various formats.

The 38-year-old's spell with Warwickshire, whose Twenty20 team are called the 'Birmingham Bears' will be his third in English cricket following stints with Surrey and Leicestershire.

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"I'm very excited to have signed for Birmingham Bears to play in the T20 Blast," Elliott said on Thursday.

"Edgbaston is a fantastic place to play cricket, and I'm really looking forward to taking to the field as a proud Bear and hope to contribute to more success for the club in 2017," said Elliot.

Johannesburg-born Elliott has already retired from one-day internationals and has not played for New Zealand since their defeat by England in the World T20 semi-final 12 months ago.

He helped New Zealand reach the 50-over World Cup final two years ago and remains a highly-regarded T20 specialist, playing recently for Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League.

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Warwickshire's sport director Ashley Giles added: "Grant has proven himself as a match-winner on the biggest stage.

"He top scored in the final and semi-final of the ICC World Cup in 2015 and he has a wealth of T20 experience, having played in several of the world's leading competitions."

First Published: March 30, 2017, 6:17 PM IST
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