Gareth Delany will join Leicestershire Foxes for the T20 Blast, including the knockout stages should the Foxes progress, after Cricket Ireland approved the move by submitting a No Objection Certificate.

23-year-old Delany made his International debut in July 2019 against Zimbabwe and was recently part of the ODI side that beat England.

He will be available to play for Leinster Lightning’s first T20 against Munster Reds at Pembroke before flying to England.

“I’m really excited to be playing in the Blast," said Delany.

"I was really unsure if I’d ever have the opportunity to play in County cricket, so I’m over the moon to be playing with Leicestershire and very grateful to both the club and Cricket Ireland for this chance.

"It’ll be a challenging environment, but one from which I am hoping to further develop my game.”

Leicestershire County Cricket Club Head Coach Paul Nixon welcomed the signing.

“Gareth is a talented young all-rounder we have been keeping an eye on for a while.

"We have been looking for a top-order batsman and a leg-spin bowler, as they are worth weight in gold in T20 cricket, and Gareth ticks both boxes for us.

"He is young, hungry to do well, and has good experience for a young player so will be a great addition to our squad.”

The Blast group stages runs from August 27th to September 20th, with finals day on October 3rd.