Kent sign Faf du Plessis for T20 Blast 2019
Faf du Plessis (AFP Photo)

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been roped in by Kent for the remainder of the ongoing T20 Blast 2019, the club announced on Monday.

Faf packs an experience of 204 T20s in which he has scored 4903 runs alongside a century and 29 half-centuries.

The 35-year-old is looking forward to joining, hoping to contribute towards them lifting the trophy. “I will do my best to contribute to the already successful team and hopefully help them to lift a trophy. I’ve played with some of the squad members in the past and look forward to joining up with all the guys again,” Faf said on Kent’s official website.

Kent, in South Group, are third in the points table having secured six wins and four defeats from 12 matches with two of them producing no result. “We’re really excited to be able to bring in a world class player such as Faf for the rest of the Vitality Blast. 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,” Paul Downton, Kent’s Director of Cricket said.

The 18 participating teams in the T20 Blast have been divided into two groups – North and South with the top-four from each progressing to the quarterfinals that begin from September 4 next month.

Lancashire currently lead the North Group with 18 points followed by Nottinghamshire (15 points), Worcestershire (14) and Derbyshire (14). Sussex are the current leaders of the South Group with 17 points followed by Gloucestershire (14), Kent (14) and Somerset (13).

Only Derbyshire and Leicestershire are left with one match each (13 matches so far) with rest of the teams still left to play two more matches in the season before the knockouts.