County news March 1, 2013

Nannes joins Glamorgan for T20

Dirk Nannes, the Australian left-arm fast bowler, has signed for Glamorgan as an overseas player in this year's Friends Life t20 competition.

Nannes is the world's leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 and Matthew Mott, the head of elite performance at Glamorgan, has hailed the signing as "gold dust" for the county.

"He was on the radar for a number of clubs and we are very happy to have secured his signature," Mott said. "We were looking for a strike and death bowler because they are like gold dust in T20 cricket. He is still one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, and I am sure he will excite the public when he comes tearing in for Glamorgan."

Nannes has emerged as the archetypal freelance T20 specialist over the last couple of years. Now aged 36, he has given up first-class and List A cricket in order to specialise and extend his T20 career. He has already represented Middlesex (2008), Nottinghamshire (2010) and Surrey (2011-12) in the county game.

But he stands out as one of he few cricketers to regularly appear in nearly all of the T20 tournaments around the world. In the last 12 months he has appeared in the Bangladesh Premier League (for Sylhet Royals), the Big Bash League (for Sydney Thunder), New Zealand's HRV Cup (for Canterbury), the Sri Lanka Premier League (for Basnahira Cricket Dundee) and in the Champions League (for Lions). He also had an IPL deal with Bangalore but didn't play a match.

"Dirk is vastly experienced in this format and a proven performer," Mott said. "With his experience of the competitions across the world, he will also provide a great deal of firepower and intimidation to our bowling unit.

"Dirk has also expressed he would love to be involved with the club and utilise our facilities throughout the year. This will be invaluable for our bowling group to be able to tap into his vast experience and see how he prepares."

Nannes added: "I've enjoyed spells in county cricket and around the world," Nannes said. "I am looking forward to coming over and playing for Glamorgan this summer. I'd like to think I can share my experience with the lads and be someone who can take crucial wickets for the team."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on March 4, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Ken Mac - we can only wish!

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Meety - spot on. It is interesting to see how few Englishmen play in the IPL and they are much the better for it at Test level.....

  • $$ milind on March 1, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Nannes is scheduled to play for the Super Kings in the IPL and is real T20 specialist across the world. I dont know how many side effects occur due to T20s but players like Nannes, Owais Shah have really found it good and used it as a source of income. All the bes to Dirk ... Enjoy it old man ...

  • Ray on March 1, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Glamorgan may have brought themselves some 'fools gold' if his performances for us (Surrey) last year are anything to go by.

  • T on March 1, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Why would he join as an overseas player? He's got a Dutch passport.

  • Andrew on March 1, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @Jayzuz on (March 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT) - this is what Starc & co should be doing 15 yrs from now, but for the time being shun T20s.

  • David on March 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Good on you, Dirk. Enjoy your golden years in cricket.

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