England’s county cricket club Worcestershire strengthened their bowling lineup by signing West Indies’ seamer Alzarri Joseph on Monday. The 24-year-old will join the team for the initial seven matches of this year’s County Cricket Championship.
What compelled Worcestershire to sign Alzarri was the fitness concerns of two of their players Josh Tongue and Pat Brown.
However, the club’s chairman Paul Pridgeon welcomed the West Indies pacer and stated,
“Alzarri is a quality performer, and we are delighted to have signed him for the best part of two months. With it looking like Josh and Pat may not be match fit for the start of the season, Alex Gidman (head captain) and Joe Leach (captain) both felt they needed another seamer. Alzarri is going to be available for seven matches and is an exciting prospect. ”
“He opened the bowling in the Tests against England last year and more recently played in the ODI side against Sri Lanka,” he added.
Alzarri is currently playing for West Indies in the Test series against Sri Lanka. Besides, he has the experience of playing in England before as he was the part of the touring West Indies team last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am thrilled to be joining Worcestershire for the early part of the summer,” Joseph said.
“I would also like to thank Cricket West Indies for allowing me the opportunity to go and experience county cricket” he added.
Joseph has played 15 Test matches so far and taken 34 wickets, while he has 54 wickets after playing in 34 ODI matches.