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Twenty-six-year-old Green joined Birmingham Bears for the final six fixtures of the 2019 Vitality Blast season to replace the injured Ashton Agar and, having made an excellent impression, he will return for all 14 games in the group stages.

It’s unique for a team to have a T20 overseas player available for all group games, and securing Chris gives us consistency in the make-up of our team.

Paul Farbrace

“It’s great that we can bring Chris back to Edgbaston,” said Bears Sport Director Paul Farbrace. “He’s a true T20 specialist who boasts plenty of experience of playing in many of the world’s top short-form tournaments, but he also has the potential to become an established player on the international stage.

“He immediately settled into the squad last summer and the Cricket Management Team recognise that his experience and leadership qualities can help us to develop a fresh, attacking and entertaining approach to our T20 cricket.

“It’s unique for a team to have a T20 overseas player available for all group games, and securing Chris gives us consistency in the make-up of our team, which we also see as an important factor in helping us get back into the knockout stages the Blast.”

Green followed his time with the Bears last summer by helping Guyana Amazon Warriors to the final of the Caribbean Premier League, taking 13 wickets in the campaign. He was also recently rewarded with the longest contract ever offered to a men’s cricketer in Australia’s Big Bash League, by signing a six-year deal with Sydney Thunder ahead of this year’s tournament.

Chris Green said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Bears last summer and it’s a huge honour to return to the club as captain in 2020 and I am really excited about re-joining the squad next season.

“We know that there’s tremendous potential in this young squad and we have every chance of making the knockout stages and pushing for a home Finals Day if we can keep developing in the build up to the opener with Notts Outlaws on 29 May.

“Having arrived straight from the Global T20 Canada tournament this year, it’s very exciting that I can return to Edgbaston in mid-May and support our preparations for the full Vitality Blast campaign.”

Following on from tournament opener with Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge, Birmingham Bears return to Edgbaston for the first home game of the 2020 season versus Durham on Sunday 31 May.

The Durham fixture is one of two Sunday afternoon games in the Bears home Vitality Blast schedule, which also includes three Friday night fixtures, with the all-important West Midlands derby versus Worcestershire Rapids taking place on Friday 10 July.

Tickets are due to go on general sale in March 2020.