Kent confirm signing of Rabada

County Cricket

English county side Kent confirmed that they have signed South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada on a six-week contract that will see him play in the English domestic system between June and July this year.

The 20-year-old Rabada, who was the leading wicket-taker in the recent Test series against England, has made no secret of the fact that he was looking to secure a short-term deal to play county cricket this year.

Rabada said: "I will play hard and try my best. I want to learn from the experience – particularly bowling in different conditions. Most of all I am looking forward to enjoying the experience."

He will join Kent in late June after South Africa's tri-series against Australia and West Indies in the Caribbean until he is due to report back for international duty against New Zealand in August, subject to Cricket South Africa issuing the requisite 'No Objection Certificate'.

Rabada is in line to make his T20 Blast debut against Sussex Sharks at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Thursday 30 June and is in contention to face Essex Eagles (away, July 1), Somerset (away, July 7), Gloucestershire (away, July 8), Surrey (Tunbridge Wells, July 15) and Essex Eagles (The Spitfire Ground, July 22).

During his stay, there are County Championship matches against Essex (Chelmsford, July 3-6) and Sussex (Tunbridge Wells, July 17-20) as well as a Royal London One-Day Cup match against Middlesex (Lord's, July 24).

Kent Cricket chairman George M Kennedy said: "We've all been hugely impressed by Kagiso in the recent series against England and I’m looking forward to seeing him playing for Kent this summer.

"He follows in the footsteps of a number of South Africans and I hope he enjoys his spell at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence and that Kent will become his county of choice for this very promising young bowler in future years."