Surrey signal Shadab Khan, D’Arcy Brief for 2020 Vitality Blast

Surrey have signed Pakistan legspinner Shadab Khan and Australia opener D’Arcy Short for the 2020 Vitality Blast. Shadab might be making his first look in county cricket, whereas Brief strikes south after impressing with Durham within the Blast final season.

The signing of Brief will go some strategy to making up for the lack of Aaron Finch, who has performed repeatedly for Surrey since 2016 however is anticipated to be concerned in Australia’s limited-overs tour of England subsequent summer season, affecting his availability. Brief completed because the fourth-leading run-scorer on this yr’s competitors, with 483 at a strike price of 139.59, regardless of Durham failing to make it past the group stage.

Shadab, 21, has performed all three codecs internationally however got here to prominence in T20, throughout the 2017 Pakistan Tremendous League. He has since performed within the Large Bash and Caribbean Premier League, amassing 121 wickets in 98 video games, with an financial system of 6.81.

Described by Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart, as “one of the vital thrilling spin bowlers in world cricket”, Shadab will spend a lot of the 2020 summer season within the UK, having additionally been signed up for the Hundred – though his participation in that competitors will rely on his involvement within the Take a look at set-up. The total county fixture record for subsequent yr has not been introduced however the Blast is anticipated to happen from Could to July.

“I have been ready for this chance to play county cricket for a very long time and T20 cricket on the Kia Oval is a superb place to begin,” Shadab stated. “I am honoured to be following within the footsteps of some nice Pakistan cricketers and can do my greatest to make each my new staff and the Surrey followers proud.”

Brief has performed 20 T20Is and 4 ODIs for Australia, though he was left out of the series against Sri Lanka beginning later this week. The left-hander, who additionally bowls helpful wristspin, has been the main scorer in every of the final two editions of the Large Bash, and has additionally featured within the IPL.

Stewart stated that discovering a substitute for Finch, who was Surrey’s main run-scorer in 2019, was behind the transfer for Brief.

“We’re delighted D’Arcy will be a part of us for subsequent yr’s Vitality Blast,” Stewart stated. “With Aaron Finch unavailable, it was vitally vital that we changed him with a strong batsman on the high of the order. D’Arcy was extremely spectacular with each bat and ball on this yr’s competitors and we look ahead to seeing him construct on that within the 2020 season.”

Brief stated: “I loved my time within the Blast in 2019. To have the chance to return again in 2020 and play in entrance of full homes at top-of-the-line grounds on the earth is good. I’m already trying ahead to becoming a member of up with the boys and I thank all concerned for the chance.”