WORCESTERSHIRE Rapids have been given a boost ahead of their T20 Blast quarter-final clash with Surrey after Colin Munro was given the green light to play.
The 27-year-old has been given permission by New Zealand Cricket to play in Saturday’s game at The Oval, subject to the Black Caps A team not suffering an injury crisis ahead of their match with Sri Lanka A in Cardiff.
Munro has played an instrumental part in the Rapids’ qualification from the North Group – scoring 327 runs and blasting 14 sixes – and said he wanted to go out on a high.
“That will definitely be my last game for Worcestershire in 2014 and it will be nice to put in a good performance,” he said.
“But I’d be happy to get out for a duck if we get to the semis on finals day. I’d rather play for the team. That’s what counts.
“To help the boys through to their first ever finals day in the competition would be awesome.”
Despite Surrey having a host of big names in their side, including Kevin Pietersen and Tillakaratne Dilshan, Munro said Worcestershire would not be fazed.
“There will be 20,000 at the Oval but that is why we play the game, to play in front of big crowds and try and showcase our skills,” he added.
“We are playing against a county that is massive but we are not going to take a backward step.
“We are in a quarter-final and good enough to be there and, even though Surrey are a big county, who have played well, they might fear some of our players.”
Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell said he was delighted Munro had been given clearance to play.
“Colin has been great for us. He is just so different. That is the key, especially when he has been coming in at number four in those middle overs,” he said.
“It has been very difficult for the spinners to bowl at him. He has lost his wicket a couple of times but he hits the ball in very peculiar areas.
“You need to set different fields to him and he is very difficult to defend against.
“He has been a real positive to us and a real plus. He has been a real asset to us.”