English county club Gloucestershire announced the signing of West Indies batsman Kraiggg Brathwaite on Thursday. The West Indies skipper will join the squad to strengthen the batting side for the upcoming LV = Insurance County Championship.
The 28-year-old recently replaced Jason Holder as West Indies’ new captain in test cricket. He will depart from Antigua to Bristol after the conclusion of the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. As per the agreement, Brathwaite will be available for the first eight matches of the County Championship, missing the final two matches of the group stage at Cheltenham in July.
Brathwaite will have to undergo covid restrictions and quarantine upon entering the country. He will probably make his debut in second game against Somerset. Brathwaite is excited to be part of county cricket after previously representing Glamorgan in the same competition.
“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. excited to come to Bristol and do my best for the team, the club, and of course the Gloucestershire supporters.”
Brathwaite could extend good form in county cricket
The experienced West Indian recently hit his ninth Test ton, scoring 126 against Sri Lanka. After making his international debut at the age of 18, Brathwaite brings ten years of experience at the top level with him. He has an average of 32.24 with more than 4,000 runs in over 67 matches. His highest score of 212 came against Bangladesh in 2014. Under his captaincy, the West Indies side won two tests against Bangladesh and drawn the first test in the recent series against Sri Lanka.
The right-hand top-order batsman will be an influential addition for the Gloucestershire side. His previous county spell yielded an average of 55.33 over four games for Glamorgan, including an unbeaten 103 in the last match of the 2019 season. Gloucestershire coach Ian Harvey admitted that they have been trying to sign Brathwaite for some time now.
“Kraiggg has been on our radar for some time now. The way he goes about playing the game really impresses a lot of people at the Club and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to bring him in for the early part of the County Championship,”