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Richard Gleeson joins Warwickshire for 2024 T20 Blast


Richard Gleeson, the quick bowler who made his England debut at 34, has signed with Warwickshire for the 2024 T20 Blast after he was launched by Lancashire on the finish of final season.
With Henry Brookes leaving for Middlesex on a three-year deal, Warwickshire will use Gleeson as a like-for-like alternative of their T20 facet. The Bears topped the North Group final yr, profitable 11 out of 14 group video games, however have been crushed by eventual runners-up Essex within the quarter-finals.

Gleeson, 36, was drafted into England’s T20I squad 18 months in the past and dismissed Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant inside his first eight balls on debut at Edgbaston. He’s set to name the bottom house this summer time, as ESPNcricinfo understands he has signed a one-year, white-ball contract which incorporates an possibility to increase.

After taking part in 5 additional T20Is in 2022, together with two on the tour to Pakistan, Gleeson travelled to Australia with England’s T20 World Cup squad as a reserve. He was not required within the match itself, although was awarded a winners’ medal together with the opposite travelling reserves within the squad.

Gleeson has spent the final two years on a T20-only contract with Lancashire however missed the Blast in 2023 with a wrist damage and was launched by the membership on the finish of final summer time. “It is my house county: it is at all times going to be disappointing in the event that they’re saying they do not need you,” he advised the Cricketer. “[But] I hadn’t performed and as a participant, you are paid to play cricket.”

Accidents have pressured him to function as a freelancer for the final three years, having most lately performed first-class cricket in August 2020. This winter, he has performed for Delhi Bulls within the Abu Dhabi T10, Durban’s Tremendous Giants within the SA20 and is now with Gulf Giants within the ILT20 within the UAE.

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