Vitality T20 Blast team Hampshire on Tuesday confirmed signing New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme. The all-rounder will partake in the second half of the tournament that will begin on June 9 this year.
Grandhomme was out of the international circuit for the last few months due to his ankle injury. He has undergone surgery and is now ready to return to competitive cricket.
His return will surely strengthen New Zealand’s Test squad that will fly to England for the bilateral series. After that, the much-awaited finals of the World Test Championship will take place between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl from June 18-22.
Grandhomme will join the Hampshire squad just after the finals of the World Test Championship. He will most likely be available for the side from June 25 in their game against Somerset. While he is set to miss the initial group stage of the tournament, his availability for the final stages is certain.
The 34-year-old also becomes the fifth New Zealand cricketer to have signed for a county team for the Vitality T20 Blast this season.
The other New Zealand players who will be a part of the tournament are Glenn Phillips (Gloucestershire), James Neesham (Essex), Finn Allen (Lancashire) and Lockie Ferguson (Yorkshire).
Mohammad Abbas, Kyle Abbott, Tom Alsop, Keith Barker, Mason Crane, Scott Currie, Ajeet Dale, Liam Dawson, Aneurin Donald, James Fuller, Ian Holland, Lewis McManus, Sam Northeast, Felix Organ, Tom Scriven, Ryan Stevenson, Brad Taylor, James Vince, Joe Weatherly, Brad Wheal, Chris Wood, Colin de Grandhomme