AB de Villiers confirms Middlesex signing
AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers has signed to play for English county side Middlesex in the Twenty20 Blast, the club announced on Monday. The South African batsman is a second significant marquee signing for head coach Stuart Law, following the announcement that Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will join his squad for the T20 campaign. (READ: de Villiers might play for Middlesex)

De Villiers, 35, is available to play in the first seven rounds and, if necessary, will return for the latter stages of the tournament. The batsman has played in every Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008, scoring almost 4,000 runs at an average of just under 40. (READ: de Villiers on retirement)

“I have always wanted to play county cricket,” de Villiers said. “Playing at Lord’s is always a wonderful privilege, and I’m looking forward to the match at Richmond, a beautiful ground in south-west London. That will be a great experience.”

De Villiers joins Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman as the season’s second notable overseas signing. Also in that list is Stuart Law, who was appointed head coach in January.

“It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to pick the brain of one of the best players to have graced the game of cricket and for the support staff to work with him as well,” said Law. “I look forward to working with AB this season and can’t wait to watch one of my favourite modern-day batsman up close and personal.”