Proteas all-rounder Farhaan Behardien has become the latest South African to join the T20 Blast.
Behardien, who is currently playing for South Africa in the Tri-Nation series, is set to join as replacement for fellow South African Rilee Rossouw, who had been scheduled to join the Foxes at the conclusion of the series, but injured his shoulder in a match against Australia. He will link up with another South African in Cameron Delport who also plays for Leicestershire.
Rossouw had originally come in as a replacement for Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal.
The all-rounder also has an impressive batting record in the shortest format of the game. In 118 T20 games, Behardien has scored 1 888 runs at an average of 29.04 and has a strike rate of 123.56.
Leicestershire’s elite performance director Andrew McDonald has welcomed the addition into the Foxes’ rooster.
‘Unfortunately it was a case of bad timing with the injury,’ McDonald said. ‘And we have moved quickly to secure a quality replacement in Farhaan.’
‘We were looking for a batsman who can slot straight into Umar’s role and feel that Farhaan ticks all of the boxes for us. We look forward to him joining up with us in due course.’
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