Wicket-Keeper Luke Ronchi is set to leave Birmingham Bears following the home NatWest T20 Blast match with Northamptonshire Steelbacks, on Friday 1 July, to link up with New Zealand for their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Dougie Brown, Birmingham Bears Director of Cricket, said: “It’s frustrating to lose Luke as we approach the business end of the NatWest T20 Blast group stages, but we want all players to realise their international ambitions and Luke will continue to play a key role for the team in his remaining four matches in June.

“Luke’s departure obviously presents an opportunity for the Club to bring in an additional overseas player for the NatWest T20 Blast. Ian Bell and I have discussed what direction we wish to take and hope to make an announcement shortly.”