London - Lancashire
have signed big-hitting New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for the beginning of
their defence of the English domestic Twenty20 title, the county announced on
Guptill is due to
arrive at Old Trafford following the conclusion of his commitments with the
Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League and is set to play for
Lancashire in the first six games of their Twenty20 campaign.
The 29-year-old was
the first New Zealand player to score a double century in a one-day
international and is the holder of the highest score in a 50-over World Cup
after hitting an unbeaten 237 in the Black Caps' quarter-final victory over the
West Indies last year.
"Martin is a
formidable batsman, particularly in white-ball cricket, and is currently ranked
as the world's third best batsman in T20 cricket," said Lancashire coach
Ashley Giles in a statement issued by the county.
"He's got the
ability to take games away from the opposition very quickly once he gets going
and I'm sure our fans will really enjoy watching him play," the former
England spinner explained.
Guptill, who has
previously played county cricket in England for Derbyshire, added: "I hope
I can make a real impact and help with their pursuit for another trophy in