Worcestershire signs Alzarri Joseph for initial stages of County Championship

Ahead of the start of the County Championship next month, all counties are bolstering the squad by signing overseas players. Worcestershire is the latest county cricket club to welcome new addition to the squad. West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph has signed a deal with Worcestershire to feature in the first seven games of the season.

The tall fast bowler from Antigua has been part of West Indies squad across all formats. He has managed to take 34 wickets in 15 test matches since making his debut for West Indies in 2016. Joseph could be a very potent bowler in pace-friendly conditions in England since he has incredible pace in his tank.

Joseph got an incredible amount of hype when he featured for Mumbai Indians during IPL 2019. He managed to play only three games but made history by posting the best bowling figures in the history of the tournament. Joseph ended with six wickets for 12 runs in his four overs during his debut game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Worcestershire Chairman Paul Pridgeon that Joseph will give them much-needed quality for two months when other key pacers will be sidelined due to injuries.

“He is a quality performer, and we are delighted to have signed him for the best part of two months. With it looking like Josh Tongue and Pat Brown may not be match fit for the start of the season, Alex Gidman (Head Coach) and Joe Leach (Club Captain) both felt they needed another seamer.”

Playing in the English conditions will help Joseph to further enhance his skillset and become a very well-rounded bowler. Joseph is the latest Windies bowler to join a county team as Kent County Cricket club had recently confirmed the signing of Miguel Cummins.

Meanwhile, Lancashire Cricket club pulled off a big coup on Monday as they reached an agreement with star Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer for Royal London Cup in July. ECB is expected to start all formats of cricket in the domestic cricket including highly anticipated The Hundred in the next three to four months after a long layoff due to the pandemic.

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