Yorkshire County Cricket Club has roped in New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson, who has signed up as an overseas player to play in the Vitality Blast 2021 season. With this, Ferguson becomes the second overseas member of the club ahead of the T20 Blast. South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier is the other player.
In the 2018 season of the T20 Blast, Ferguson had played for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The player represented the team in 13 T20 matches, picking up 16 wickets in the matches.
Last year, the pacer had a successful T20 stint playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL, though he did not play many games. He has not played any games after the completion of the tournament and is presently undergoing a rehab period to recover from a back injury.
He also had a brilliant time during New Zealand’s home series against West Indies last November. Taking 5 for 21 at Eden Park, he registered his T20I career-best figure. The speedster took 7 for 56 in nine overs.
“I’m really excited to have signed for Yorkshire for the upcoming T20 Blast. I have really fond memories of my time in the county game back in 2018 and look forward to getting back over to the UK. It’s a big year for T20 cricket with the T20 World Cup towards the end of the year, so regular top-level T20 cricket throughout the year, particularly at such a big county, is hugely beneficial,” Ferguson said on joining the club.
“Lockie has got x-factor pace. The pace in T20 cricket is always a good thing, but also his death bowling in-particular will be hugely beneficial. We haven’t had somebody who is reliable and consistent at the death for a number of years. This is something that we have been working on with the lads in house, but also having someone who you can rely on at the death is a big plus,” Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said.