Just-retired from international cricket after a great career with New Zealand, Grant will bring some serious all-round nous and quality to the Birmingham team.

A swing-bowler and calm and skilful batsman, he played 83 ODIs, five Tests and 16 T20Is for the Black Caps, after making his ODI debut at Edgbaston in 2008, taking three for 23 against an England side including Ian Bell.

Grant went on to become a huge part of the resurgent Blackcaps squad, top-scoring in the final and semi-final of the 2015 World Cup.

Along with fellow Birmingham Bears star Jeetan Patel, he helped power Wellington Firebirds to the McDonalds Super Smash T20 trophy in New Zealand earlier this year.