Birmingham Phoenix have signed Worcestershire Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira for The Hundred.
D’Oliveira becomes the sixth Worcestershire player to be drafted into the second edition of the competition, which gets underway this week.
He has enjoyed a successful campaign with the Rapids in this year’s Vitality Blast, scoring 315 runs – a figure only topped by Colin Munro – at a strike rate of 148.16.
D’Oliveira was also Worcestershire’s most economical bowler, conceding 7.41 runs per over and the second highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps behind Pat Brown.
He follows in the footsteps of Jack Haynes, Pat Brown and Muhammad Hasnain (Oval Invincibles), Moeen Ali (Birmingham Phoenix) and Mitchell Stanley (Manchester Originals) in being selected.
D’Oliveira said: “It’s great to have this opportunity to test myself against some of the best white ball players around.
“I know the Phoenix did tremendously well last year in reaching the final, and Dillon (Pennington) and Pat (Brown) said it was a great learning experience.
“That is how I am looking at it as well, to try and help the team do well again but also to pick up some knowledge which will only be of benefit when I return to New Road.
“I’m also confident that the Rapids can continue to compete and challenge in the One Day Cup, and it’s all about small margins and getting those right.”
Jake Libby, Worcestershire’s official red ball vice-captain, will lead the side in the Royal London Cup for the remainder of the campaign.