Foxes snap up Ronchi

15 March 2017 11:38:19 EST

Luke Ronchi has become the latest New Zealander to sign up for the NatWest Blast.

The former Australia international, who now keeps wicket for the Black Caps, has joined Leicestershire.

The Foxes already have Clint McKay as their primary overseas player and Ronchi will replace Pakistan's Sharjeel Khan as the second.

Like another one of the foreign guard at Grace Road, Cameron Delport, the South African who plays as a local, Ronchi possesses an impressive strike rate (141.89).

"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 team-mates," the former Birmingham Bears player said.

"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, who has played 76 ODIs for New Zealand, including the 2015 World Cup Final in 2015, is available for the full tournament.

"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," said Foxes coach Pierre de Bruyn.

"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."

Surrey are 66/1 to win the County Championship Division 1 title this year while Leicestershire are available at 1212/1 to lift the second division crown.

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