Kent captain Rob Key’s close friendship with Durham’s former England paceman Steve Harmison has helped the county to secure the signature of the fast bowler’s younger brother Ben for the 2012 season.
Ben Harmison was released by Durham in September, after seven years with his native club, and the 25-year-old all-rounder is keen to show he has a future in the county game after being aggrieved by Durham’s decision.
Harmison junior has represented England Under-19s and in 37 first-class matches averages 26.10 with the bat and 34.66 with the ball. He has also played in 51 List A one-day games and has made 30 Twenty20 appearances.
Kent’s chairman of cricket, Graham Johnson, said: “I am delighted that we have signed Ben. He offers a lot with both bat and ball, and was a target for us during the recent recruitment process. He has a point to prove about making the best of his undoubted ability and we look forward to helping him do that. I am sure that all involved with Kent will make him very welcome.”
Harmison said: “I am delighted to have signed for Kent. I cannot wait to get down to Kent and start training with the squad, and I look forward to an exciting 2012 season. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to continuing my career with a county hungry for success.”