Middlesex Club announced in a statement today, Sunday, that it has signed Australian duo Jason Berndorf and Chris Green to participate in the T20 Blast competition this season.
Berndorf, the 32-year-old left-wing peacemaker, who plays in the Indian Premier League, will arrive at Lords once his commitments with Royal Challengers Bangalore expire this month. He replaces fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who will not return to the club after Pakistan’s series against the West Indies.
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Green, 28, played for Middlesex last season and will be playing for Afghan team Mujibur Rahman in early June.
The Australian has 21 whiteball games for his country, having played in 12 ODI and 9 T20 matches, and he brings a wealth of domestic T20 experience to Middlesex, having reached the Big Bash League final five times with Perth Scorchers – and lifted the title on three occasions, in 2014, 2015 and most recently earlier this year.
Chris Green will join Middlesex in early June as a substitute for Afghan footballer Mujibur Rahman, who the club can confirm will start the Middlesex Blast campaign at the end of May, but will leave on an international assignment with his country, which plays Zimbabwe in the three-game ODI series.
Upon completion of the ODI series in Afghanistan, Mujib will return to Middlesex for the remainder of the club’s Blast campaign, including the knockout stages should Middlesex qualify.
Australian Green, 28, impressed both racquet and ball for Middlesex in last summer’s bombing campaign, playing in seven of the club’s southern group games, and like Behrendorf also achieved a taste of success in the Big Bash League, winning the title with the Sydney Thunder in 2017.
Speaking about adding Behrendorff and Green to the ranks of Middlesex’s Vitality Blast, Alan Coleman, head of the men’s performance cricket team, said, “We have added Jason and Chris to the T20 squad for the upcoming Blast campaign. With Shaheen so committed to international duty with Pakistan, we needed to bring in a tailor with High attack quality for the Blast campaign, and at Jason, we have a proven international-class left-arm tailor.”
“With Mujib also leaving international duty, we made sure we were covered in the spinning department, and we all know what Grenny can do in the short form of the game. He was in great shape last summer and could play a game-winning role for us, so we’re really looking forward. to welcome him back into the dressing room.”
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