Arul Suppiah granted a benefit year by Somerset
SOMERSET all-rounder Arul Suppiah, who made his first-class debut for the county in 2002, has been granted a benefit year in 2013.
The 29-year-old, who has scored more than 5,000 first-class runs for the county at an average of almost 34, has also proved a more than handy slow left-arm bowler.
He grabbed headlines in 2011 when he claimed world-record Twenty20 bowling figures of 6-5 in a match against Glamorgan at Cardiff.
Born in Malaysia, Suppiah moved to England at 13 to attend Millfield School, Street, and was last year granted British citizenship.
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He said: "I am thrilled that the club has granted me this fantastic opportunity. I have been involved with Somerset for all of my adult life and I am really looking forward to having a successful season on and off the field."
Chairman Andy Nash said: "We wish Arul every success during the forthcoming months and hope that all our members and supporters will give him their full support. We hope he can crown it by playing a part in helping Somerset collect some silverware."
The Weston-super-Mare area of Somerset CCC will hold their annual meeting at Weston-super-Mare CC tonight. A presentation will be made to departing Somerset director of cricket, Brian Rose.