South Africa’s impressive young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has joined Kent for a four-week spell this summer.
Rabada enjoyed a successful series against England this winter and finished as the leading wicket-taker in the test matches with 22 wickets, despite missing the first test in Durban. He then added another nine wickets in four ODIs.
The Johannesburg born paceman will join up with Kent upon the completion of Proteas tri-series againts Australia and West Indies in the Caribbean and is available until he is required to report back for international cricket duty ahead of the two match series against New Zealand that starts in Durban on the 19th August.
The twenty year-old is in line to make his NatWest T20 Blast debut against Sussex Sharks at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Thursday 30 June and is in contention to face Essex Eagles (away, July 1), Somerset (away, July 7), Gloucestershire (away, July 8), Surrey (Tunbridge Wells, July 15) and Essex Eagles (The Spitfire Ground, July 22).
During his stay, there are County Championship cricket matches against Essex (Chelmsford, July 3-6) and Sussex (Tunbridge Wells, July 17-20) as well as a Royal London One-Day Cup match against Middlesex (Lord’s, July 24).
Speaking of the move Rabada said: “I will play cricket hard and try my best. I want to learn from the experience – particularly bowling in different conditions. Most of all I am looking forward to enjoying the experience.”
Kent Cricket chairman George M Kennedy CBE said: “We’ve all been hugely impressed by Kagiso in the recent series against England and I’m looking forward to seeing him playing for Kent this summer. He follows in the footsteps of a number of South Africans and I hope he enjoys his spell at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence and that Kent will become his county of choice for this very promising young bowler in future years.”