Bears sign McCullum for part of T20 Blast

The Birmingham Bears have secured a top-drawer singing in New Zealand captain and batsman Brendon McCullum, securing his signature for seven matches in this year's T20 Blast competition.

McCullum is fresh off the Black Caps' first ever World Cup final, and will link up with the Bears after the Kiwis' tour to England in June. His first game is set to be against Lancashire Lightning on 26 June in Manchester.

Dougie Brown, Birmingham Bears Director of Cricket, said: "Brendon’s dynamic performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup have demonstrated once again exactly why he is one of the most feared batsmen in the game.

"Securing his availability for our last seven games has to make him one of the biggest overseas player signings in the competition’s history.

"His power at the top of the order and experience of playing in big matches are great assets to bolster our already strong squad as we look to win through to the quarter finals and defend our NatWest T20 Blast title."

McCullum said: "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.

"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."