Middlesex snare retiring drawcard McCullum


Middlesex have announced the signing of Brendon McCullum for a period of next year's T20 Blast and One-Day Cup following the New Zealand captain's decision to retire from international cricket.

McCullum, 34, will bring his Black Caps career to a close after the two-Test series against neighbours Australia in February.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, the experienced batsman will be available to play for Middlesex as soon as "his commitments in the Indian Premier League finish through to June 25".

Middlesex, who are scheduled to play seven T20 Blast and four One-Day Cup matches in that period, are hopeful McCullum will be able to return to the UK and feature in the knockout stages of both competitions, should the team qualify.

"I am delighted to be joining such an auspicious county as Middlesex and very much look forward to playing at the Home of Cricket," McCullum said.

McCullum is due to play for newcomers Rajkot in the 2016 IPL.