Somerset County Cricket Club can exclusively reveal that we have signed one of the world’s best batsmen. Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will play for the County in 12 of the 14 NatWest T20 Blast group games.
The 38 year old has played in 149 Tests, scoring nearly 12,000 runs at an average of 49.84 with a highest score of 374. He excels in white ball cricket as well where he has featured in 448 ODI’s scoring over 12,000 runs with a best of 144. He has also represented his country in 55 T20I’s scoring 1493 runs with a top score of 100.
He currently holds the record for the most runs scored in the ICC World T20 competition, having smashed his way to 1016 runs in 31 matches. Second in that list is Chris Gayle who will be joining Mahela at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Mahela is a batsman of undoubted class who scores his runs all around the wicket. When a player of his experience and class becomes available, you have to snap them up. He is an experienced international captain and the squad will certainly benefit from having him around the dressing room.
“He is a true professional and will have a major influence both on and off the field for us during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign. To have the top two run scorers in the history of the ICC World T20 walking out in to the middle at Taunton is something that I hope the Members and supporters will be looking forward to!”
After signing his contract Mahela Jayawardene said: “Somerset is a really good Club with a long history and I hope that I can help bring success to the County. The Club has a tradition of successful overseas players and I will be doing my best to join that illustrious list.”