The contract extension, which runs until at least the end of the 2025 season, will see the Billings-Kent captain participate in the T20 Blast and will also allow him to pursue overseas opportunities in cricket, according to a statement from the club.
“I am delighted to remain a Kent cricketer for the foreseeable future,” Billings said. “Kent Cricket means a lot to me and I am very grateful for the club’s openness and understanding during discussions about my future.
“With our ever-changing sport, I have been trying to juggle all formats for some time and have found it very difficult personally both on and off the field. With the addition of a baby on the way it feels like the right time to find more balance so I can give my best when I wear the jersey. Kent.
“As always, the support from members and everyone at the club has been fantastic. I am always proud to wear a Kent jersey and represent the club at every opportunity. I am delighted to be the T20 Captain for the Kent Spitfires and the Kent Spitfires. I look forward to focusing on this format in 2024 and beyond.” “
Billings has played three Test matches for England, most recently in the summer of 2022, as well as being capped 65 times in limited overs, but is set to spend increased time maximizing his opportunities to play in T20 leagues.
Billings, who led the Oval Invincibles to their maiden Hundred Championship title last summer, is currently involved in the Big Bash League with Brisbane Heat and will be among the English players to be auctioned in next week’s IPL.
In first-class cricket, he scored 3,628 runs in 88 matches, with six hundreds and an average of 31.27.
Simon Cook, Kent Director of Cricket, said: “This new agreement reflects a mutual commitment from both Kent Cricket and Sam to navigate the rapidly changing world of cricket.
“He is a well-traveled and well-respected player who has spent a lot of time abroad, won the biggest trophies in T20 cricket, and built relationships with players who have in turn become Kent Spitfires on the back of his work off the field.
“Sam is a fantastic white-ball cricketer and we are very pleased that he will be a Spitfire for at least another two seasons.”