IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fastest bowler Lockie Ferguson will now also play for English county Yorkshire. The New Zealander confirmed the contract with English county for 2021 Vitality Blast campaign.
“I’m really excited to have signed for Yorkshire for the upcoming T20 Blast. I have really fond memories of my time in the county game back in 2018 and look forward to getting back over to the UK. It’s a big year for T20 cricket with the T20 World Cup towards the end of the year, so regular top level T20 cricket throughout the year, particularly at such a big county, is hugely beneficial,” Ferguson said in an official statement.
Considered among the quickest bowlers in the world, Ferguson will join Yorkshire following his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Ferguson had previously represented Derbyshire in the County season and T20 Blast of 2018, picking up 16 wickets in the 13 T20 matches he played, with an economy of 6.64.
Ferguson is expected to be available to play in all of the Vikings’ Vitality Blast North Group matches this summer subject to any international involvement. The 29-year-old bowler, who made his international T20 debut in 2017, was one of the standout players in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, taking 21 wickets across the tournament, including three in the final against England. A right-arm quick bowler, Ferguson will add another dimension to the Vikings’ bowling attack and add valuable experience to the club’s promising bowling attack.
Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale added: “Lockie has got x-factor pace. Pace in T20 cricket is always a good thing, but also his death bowling in-particular will be hugely beneficial. We haven’t had somebody who is reliable and consistent at the death for a number of years. This is something that we have been working on with the lads in house, but also having someone who you can rely on at the death is a big plus.