Brendon McCullum © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum © Getty Images

London: Middlesex announced on Wednesday that New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will play for the English county cricket club in 2016. The 34-year-old, who on Tuesday announced he will retire from international cricket in February next year, will play NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup cricket for the London outfit in 2016, an England and Wales Cricket Board (WCB) statement said. He will arrive in London at the end of his Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments and will play seven South group matches in the T20 Blast and four One-dayers. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2015

McCullum, who recently announced his retirement, was awarded as ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2015. He in one of the gentlemen in cricket and and he exhibited it through his own example in the semi-final match against South Africa of ICC Cricket World Cup earlier this year. Talking of McCullum, he is widely considered one of the finest wicketkeeper-batsman the game has seen. Many cricket pundits regard him as the most explosive wicketkeeper-batsman of all time after Adam Gilchrist. Both McCullum and Gilchrist, besides being great batsmen were excellent glovesmen too. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum to quit international cricket following Test series against Australia

McCullum has passed on the Twenty20 captaincy to his team’s champion player Kane Williamson, as the ICC World T20 2016 is coming up on March 8 to be held in India. McCullum considers Williamson as a genius and described the new number one Test batsman as a consummate professional. The swashbuckling batsman will play a world-record 100th successive Test from his debut against Australia in Wellington from February 12 and will retire after the second and final match of that series, in Christchurch from February 20.