Leicestershire Foxes have announced the signing of explosive New Zealand international batsman Luke Ronchi as their second overseas player for NatWest T20 Blast in 2017.
Ronchi, who has scored 1,619 T20 career runs at a very impressive strike rate of 141.89, has been signed to replace Sharjeel Khan. Ronchi has played 32 T20 Internationals for the Black Caps and will be available for the Foxes in all 14 group games.
He said: “I am delighted to have signed with Leicestershire Foxes for the NatWest T20 Blast. I love playing county cricket and can’t wait to get started with my new teammates.
“It seems like an exciting time at the club with a few personnel changes and talented additions to the squad. I hope I can make a difference both on and off the field and contribute to a successful campaign.”
Ronchi has represented New Zealand on 112 occasions across all three formats, including 76 ODIs. Ronchi played a key role in the Black Caps side that reached the ICC World Cup Final in 2015.
He also made an appearance against Leicestershire that year, posting a 71-ball century as part of a sixth wicket stand worth 221 in 25.1 overs with former Fox Grant Elliott at the Fischer County Ground.
All told, Ronchi has scored in excess of 11,000 runs in first-class and white ball cricket and will bring a wealth of knowledge and explosive batting power to the Foxes line-up. Ronchi also has good experience of English conditions having played for Somerset and Warwickshire as well as touring with New Zealand.
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn said: “We’re delighted to sign Luke, who will offer power and dynamism to our batting line-up. He has played a lot of games around the world and his experience in the shortest format of the game will also help our youngsters.
“We are determined to improve in white ball cricket in 2017 and Luke will help us to do that in NatWest T20 Blast."
“We are determined to improve in white ball cricket in 2017 and Luke will help us to do that in NatWest T20 Blast. Luke has played for a very good New Zealand side over the last few years and we are excited about him joining us in July.”