Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell has signed to play for Hong Kong T20 Blitz franchise, Hong Kong Island United.
Bell, who will head to Hong Kong on Sunday, will join Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, West Indies spinner Samuel Badree and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal as the Islanders four international players in the four-day tournament, which takes place at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground.
"The chance to come to Hong Kong was one that's too good to miss and it will be great to play in this exciting tournament."
Following the tournament, Bell will depart direct for the United Arab Emirates to join the Bears for our pre-season tour, which includes a fixture against Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars and participation in the Emirates Airlines T20.
Bell said: "The chance to come to Hong Kong was one that's too good to miss and it will be great to play in this exciting tournament.
"I love the city and have watched with interest the rise of the Hong Kong national team. I look forward to helping the local youngsters as part of my role with United."
Birmingham Bears first game of the 2017 NatWest T20 is away to Worcestershire Rapids on Friday 7 July with the first home game at Edgbaston on the following evening against Notts Outlaws.
The first batch of our NatWest T20 Blast Tickets are now on-sale at the cheapest price of just £15 each.
We have limited availability at this price, and once they're gone the price will increase.
Under 16s go completely FREE when accompanied by an adult.