Surrey signs Sunil Narine for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast 2022. West Indies spinner Narine, who will head to London after the completion of his stint at the IPL, played for the Oval-based Invincibles during last year’s Hundred.
Surrey Signs Sunil Narine
Narine, who was released by Oval Invincibles but could still be re-signed during this month’s draft, will take the first of Surrey’s two overseas slots for the Blast.
Surrey begin their campaign at home to Glamorgan on May 27, two days before the IPL final, with Narine expected to be available throughout following his arrival from India.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Surrey in the Vitality Blast this year; one of the few competitions around the world I’ve not experienced in my career,” said Narine after the signing.
“The stint I enjoyed with Oval Invincibles in 2021 gave me a taste of how unique playing in front of a packed Kia Oval crowd really is. My aim is to entertain as much as possible this year and hopefully ensure the Club challenges for the trophy.”
🔥 Sunil Narine will play for Surrey in this year’s @VitalityBlast!
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) March 9, 2022
He was a key player in the 2012 T20 World Cup as West Indies lifted the trophy in Sri Lanka, taking nine wickets for his country. He also played in the 2014 T20 World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
In domestic leagues, Narine has won the Indian Premier League twice with Kolkata Knight Riders; receiving the Player of the Tournament accolade in 2012. He has also lifted the Caribbean Premier League three times and the Bangladesh Premier League twice.
His career has also taken him to the Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League and Abu Dhabi T10 League. Narine will also have very recent memories of The Kia Oval, having played for Oval Invincibles in last year’s inaugural edition of The Hundred.
Surrey’s Director of Cricket Says
“We’re very pleased Sunil will be joining us for this year’s Vitality Blast. His unique skills as a bowler and ability to bat anywhere in the order make him a very exciting proposition in any T20 side,” Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
“As a proven winner in this format, his experience in internationals and leagues around the world will be an invaluable asset. I look forward to seeing him perform in a Surrey shirt this summer.”
The 33-year-old has represented West Indies in 51 T20Is, picking 52 wickets. He has 429 wickets in 391 T20s in his career.