Ronchi replaces banned Sharjeel at Leicestershire
16 Mar 2017 - 23:30
London: New Zealand's Luke Ronchi is to replace Sharjeel Khan as one of Leicestershire's overseas players in English county cricket's Twenty20 Blast following the Pakistan batsman's domestic suspension for match-fixing, it emerged on Wednesday.
Both Sharjeel and Khalid Latif were suspended and then charged last month by the Pakistan Cricket Board after being accused of meeting a suspicious person linked to an international betting syndicate during the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League tournament.
Last year, Sharjeel struck a blistering 59 as he and Latif shared a century stand during Pakistan's crushing nine-wicket win over England in a Twenty20 international at Old Trafford.
But with Sharjeel's cricket future uncertain while a tribunal considers his case, Leicestershire will look to wicket-keeper/batsman Ronchi, who has a strike rate of 141.33 in 32 Twenty20 internationals to provide similar fireworks.
Meanwhile Ronchi, 35, told the club's website: "I am delighted to have signed with Leicestershire Foxes for the NatWest T20 Blast.
"I love playing county cricket and can't wait to get started with my new team-mates," added Ronchi.