Kent have acquired the services of South African skipper Faf du Plessis for the remainder of the Vitality T20 Blast. The South African is set to be available for the team's final two group matches against Gloucestershire and Essex and will subsequently play the knockouts, should they qualify.
In what comes as a major boost for the team for the remainder of the competition, Kent have snapped up Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis for the remainder of the T20 Blast season. Post the departure of Mohammad Nabi and the injury to Adam Milne, Kent were left short on overseas players and hence decided to turn to the South African. The cancellation of Euro T20 Slam and his exclusion (rest) from the T20I team to face India meant that du Plessis managed to sandwich time to play in the T20 Blast.
"I really look forward to joining up with Kent for the last part of the Vitality Blast. I will do my best to contribute to the already successful team and hopefully help them to lift a trophy," du Plessis was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"I have played with some of the squad members in the past and look forward to joining up with all the guys again," he added.
Meanwhile, Kent were also happy with du Plessis' acquisition and said that they were hoping for the batsman to guide them to the knockout stages.
"We're really excited to be able to bring in a world-class player such as Faf for the rest of the Vitality Blast," Director of Kent cricket Paul Downton said.
"He is a world-class batsman and, along with his leadership skills, he will be a major asset to our young side, as we seek to progress to the quarter-finals and beyond in this year's competition," he added.
Kent's next match will be against Gloucestershire at Canterbury on Thursday.