New Zealand batter Colin Munro has joined the Notts Outlaws for this summer’s Vitality Blast.
The 35-year-old has made 65 appearances for New Zealand in International T20s and is a familiar face at Trent Bridge, having been part of the victorious Trent Rockets side in The Hundred last season.
He arrives with a strong reputation, as his 9,195 runs in the format make him the 12th highest run scorer in the history of T20s.
He also boasts an impressive career strike rate of 156.44 for the Black Caps, with whom he became the first player to score three international T20 centuries.
Speaking to trentbridge.co.uk he said: “Trent Bridge is a great place to call home.
“I’ve witnessed first-hand how much the crowd get behind the team, with the Rockets last summer and when I’ve been fortunate, or unfortunate, to come up against the Outlaws at home.
“I’m joining a team which plays an aggressive brand of cricket which suits my style and how I like to go about scoring runs.
“I want to come in and add my experience to what is already a well-oiled machine.”
The Outlaws have a strong recent record in the Blast – they finished top of the North Group in 2021 and won the competition in 2017 and 2020.
From the land of the long white cloud, now donning the green and gold.
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Last season, however, was a frustrating campaign in which they finished fifth in the group and just missed out on a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years.
Munro is currently in the United Arab Emirates, where he is captaining the Desert Vipers in the first edition of the International League T20 tournament.
Head coach Peter Moores stated his hopes that Munro could play a senior role for the Outlaws following the retirement of long-standing captain Dan Christian.
Also speaking to trentbridge.co.uk, Moores said: “We’ve signed a quality player.
“He’s someone who brings a lot to any team he plays for, both on and off the field.
He continued: “We’ve spoken a lot about Dan [Christian] and what he brought to us; experience, quality and a positive and dynamic style of play. I see Colin in same the bracket.
“We’ve got a proud tradition in T20 cricket and we’re determined to keep that going.”
The Outlaws open their T20 Blast campaign against Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge on Friday, 26 May, while Finals Day is on Saturday, 15 July at Edgbaston.
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