Sydney Thunder star Chris Green is set to return to the Birmingham Bears as captain for the 2020 Vitality Blast season.
Twenty-six-year-old Green, who recently signed the longest deal in Thunder history, joined the Bears for the final six fixtures of the 2019 Vitality Blast season to replace the injured Ashton Agar and, having made an excellent impression, will return for all 14 games next year.
“It’s great that we can bring Chris back to Edgbaston,” said Bears Sport Director Paul Farbrace.
“He’s a true T20 specialist who boasts plenty of experience of playing in many of the world’s top short-form tournaments, but he also has the potential to become an established player on the international stage.
“He immediately settled into the squad last summer and the Cricket Management Team recognise that his experience and leadership qualities can help us to develop a fresh, attacking and entertaining approach to our T20 cricket.
“It’s unique for a team to have a T20 overseas player available for all group games, and securing Chris gives us consistency in the make-up of our team, which we also see as an important factor in helping us get back into the knockout stages of the Blast.”
Green followed his time with the Bears last summer by helping Guyana Amazon Warriors to the final of the Caribbean Premier League, taking 13 wickets in the campaign.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Bears last summer and it’s a huge honour to return to the club as captain in 2020 and I am really excited about re-joining the squad next season,” said Green.
“We know that there’s tremendous potential in this young squad and we have every chance of making the knockout stages and pushing for a home Finals Day if we can keep developing in the build up to the opener with Notts Outlaws on 29 May.
“Having arrived straight from the Global T20 Canada tournament this year, it’s very exciting that I can return to Edgbaston in mid-May and support our preparations for the full Vitality Blast campaign.”
The off-spinning all-rounder has also made his mark in the Pakistan [T20] Super League, Canada’s GT20 tournament, the Caribbean Premier League and Abu Dhabi’s T10 League, establishing himself as one of world cricket’s most in-demand T20 specialists.
“Thunder put me on the map and provided a platform for me to showcase my skills and contribute to the team’s success and as a result, that’s let me travel the world playing the sport I love,” said Green.
“I’m very fortunate to have had access to high quality players, people and leaders who have helped me grow into the player, person and leader I am today.”
Green will be back in action for Thunder when the club opens its ninth KFC Big Bash League campaign against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on 17 December.
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