BPL stint a good test - Stirling
Paul Stirling says he is excited to play for Khulna Titans in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League tournament.
Ireland and Middlesex batsman Stirling enhanced his reputation as a limited-overs specialist after hitting 498 runs in this year's Vitality Blast, which included a fantastic century against Surrey at The Oval.
The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland has now agreed to play for the Titans in the upcoming BPL tournament, in what will be his second stint in the event after representing Sylhet Royals in 2013, and he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"I was delighted to hear that the Khulna Titans were interested in me and jumped at the opportunity. Apart from being a great tournament to be part of, I'm looking forward to the opportunity of working with coach Mahela Jayawardene – one of the greatest Sri Lankan batsman of the last 20 years," Stirling said.
"The squad has made the play-offs for two years running, and features a range of world-class players that I've played alongside or against over the last 10 years – including Dawid Malan who I play under at Middlesex."
"The rise of T20 tournaments around the world has really added a new dimension to the international cricket circuit. The chance to play and train with - and learn from - some of the best in our sport is an experience I do not take lightly, and off the cricket field you get a little bit of an insight into different cultures."
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