Gloucestershire County Cricket Club on Thursday announced the signing of West Indies Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite ahead of the 2021 County Championship.
Kraigg Brathwaite, who is currently leading his national side in the Test series against Sri Lanka in Antigua, would be featuring in the initial eight matches of the Championship whilst missing the final two group matches. Although he has made himself available for the opening match against Surrey, the Caribbean skipper will likely play his debut match for the club in the team’s second round of fixtures that will be against Somerset.
“I truly look forward to the opportunity to represent Gloucestershire. I have always enjoyed county cricket and cherished the times I’ve been able to play in England,” Brathwaite upon joining the club.
“I’m excited to come to Bristol and do my best for the team, the Club and of course the Gloucestershire supporters.”
The 28-year-old, who is in a phenomenal form currently, will give the team a much-needed boost. the top-order batsman has returned commendable figures in his latest assignment, scoring 126 runs in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Thanks to his brilliant leadership, West Indies won two Tests against Bangladesh and prevented their loss in the first Test clash against Sri Lanka by ending the match in a draw.
Kraigg Brathwaite has featured in 10 ODIs and 68 Tests for his national side, scoring 278 runs and 4028 runs at an average of 33.02 and 27.8.
He is also a handy off-spinner and may add good value to the teams bowling attacks as well.
“To be able to bring somebody in who has played the number of Tests Kraigg has, and now as captain, is going to be a massive boost for the guys in the dressing room. He will obviously add quality to the team now but also moving forward as a group, his presence here will be extremely beneficial for us,” Gloucestershire Interim Head Coach Ian Harvey said expressing his delight over signing Brathwaite.