Cape Town - Leicestershire County Cricket Club has further
strengthened its plans for the NatWest T20 Blast with the signing of powerful
South African batsman Rilee Rossouw.
The big-hitter will play in the final six NatWest T20 Blast
group games of the English summer to provide cover for Umar Akmal, who is
playing in the Caribbean Premier League.
Rossouw’s signing is a big coup for the Foxes and his first
game will be against Derbyshire Falcons at the Fischer County Ground, Grace
Road on Friday, July 8.
The 26-year-old is a key figure in South Africa’s T20 setup
and is in the Proteas’ 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in
Rossouw has made a big impression on the international scene
with a T20I average of 34.55 and a hugely impressive strike rate of 145.32. He
has also scored two ODI centuries and averages 33.07 on the world scene in that
In a T20 career that has spanned 84 games, Rossouw has
scored more than 2 000 runs and has maintained a strike rate above 130. Those
figures include a spell in the India Premier League when Rossouw played
alongside Elite Performance Director Andrew McDonald for Royal Challengers
Bangalore during the 2012 tournament.
McDonald commented of the county’s official website: “Rilee
is a player that I know very well and he’ll be a fantastic addition to our
squad both in terms of talent and temperament. He is a powerful batsman and
having another left-hander in our batting line-up will prove to be useful.
“Umar made a massive impact for us while providing cover for
Grant Elliott in 2015 and it’s great that we’ll now have cover for Umar when he
goes to play in the Caribbean Premier League in July. Rilee is an ideal player
to bring in and it’s great that we’ll have two overseas players available
throughout the tournament.”