Middlesex allow left-arm spinner Tom Smith to go to Gloucestershire on loan
Middlesex have allowed left-arm spinner Tom Smith to join Gloucestershire for the upcoming Friends Life t20 campaign.
Last Updated: 20/06/13 4:08pm
Smith has claimed 38 wickets in the shortest form of the game but with Ollie Rayner currently the first choice slow bowler for the Panthers, the 25-year-old has been allowed to leave on a temporary basis.
His arrival at Bristol will help cover for the absence of Jack Taylor, who was suspended last month by the England and Wales Cricket Board following tests on a suspect bowling action.
Gloucestershire are also without the services of Ed Young due to a broken wrist, leaving director of cricket John Bracewell short of options.
"At a point where we have lost two of our spinners who, over the last two years, have been consistent and reliable t20 players for us, it is great to be able to call on the resources and opportunity that Middlesex have offered to use Tom Smith in our t20 campaign this season," Bracewell said.
"He is a useful performer at this level of this game and a career best 5-24 in the competition shows that he will be a more than handy acquisition to our squad."
Smith will be free to play for the Gladiators from June 21 through to the end of the group stages of the domestic Twenty20 tournament.
During the period he will also be allowed to play first-class cricket, meaning Gloucestershire's newest recruit could make his debut in the tour match against Australia A that gets underway on Friday.