Irishman Kevin O'Brien re-signs for Leicestershire

Irishman Kevin O'Brien re-signs for Leicestershire

IRISH cricket star Kevin O’Brien’s stay with Leicestershire County Cricket Club will be extended for at least another year.

The 31-year-old Dubliner joined the Foxes in 2015 – and his contract has been renewed for the 2016 season.

All-rounder O’Brien is from a strong cricket background, with his father Brendan a former Ireland star and both Kevin and his brother Niall on the current international team.

He also holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored at the Cricket World Cup, coming from 50 balls against England in 2011.

O’Brien, along with Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal, will return to Grace Road next year.

Leicestershire's chief executive Wasim Khan said: “We saw the positive influence that Umar and Kevin had during their time at the club this year.

“They are exciting cricketers to watch ... and we are excited to welcome both players back to Grace Road.”