Cape Town - English county Surrey have signed Proteas
all-rounder Chris Morris as an overseas player for the NatWest T20 Blast
competition later this year.
Morris will join the club in July after West Indian
all-rounder Dwayne Bravo leaves to play in the Caribbean Premier League, making
him available for the final six group matches of the tournament, including four
big Friday night home fixtures at the Kia Oval.
An experienced T20 player, Morris recently made his Test debut
against England in Cape Town, scoring 69 in his first Test and opening the
bowling in the first innings at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. This will be his
first experience in English domestic cricket, coming on the back of experience
with the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League
and the Highveld Lions in South Africa.
Having agreed terms at the start of January, Morris was
named man-of-the-match in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers with his match
winning innings of 62 off 38 balls. He was also signed by the Delhi Daredevils
in the IPL for a fee of $1 044 000. An NOC certificate was issued by
Cricket South Africa this week, allowing Morris to play this summer.
After signing the deal, Chris Morris told Surrey’s official
website: “I am delighted to have signed for Surrey to play T20 this year.
Playing county cricket has always been a big ambition of mine and I am
delighted to be playing at the Kia Oval. I look forward to joining up with the
boys in July and I hope to contribute towards a successful season for the
Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, added: “Chris
is an exciting three dimensional cricketer with bat, ball and in the field and
has shown his match winning abilities in the recent South Africa v England 50
over and T20 series. He will give us a number of very good options when he
joins us in July and everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming him this