Gloucestershire has signed West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite for the upcoming season of English County Championship.
The county side made a formal announcement on 1st April that Kraigg Brathwaite has been signed as a overseas player and will play for the side in the initial eight matches of the season. He is scheduled to make his debut for Gloucestershire in the second game to be played against Somerset.
In the past 24 months, Kraigg Brathwaite form has been not that good in red-ball cricket. In 12 matches, Brathwaite has scored 664 runs at an average of 27.66 with one century and four half-centuries to his name. He will take heart from the fact that he managed to end his lean period with an excellent century against Sri Lanka in the second Test played at North Sound in Antigua.
After conclusion of the Test series against Sri Lanka, West Indies opener is set to fly to United Kingdom to join with Gloucestershire squad and prepare for the upcoming English County Championship season.
Brathwaite clearly expressed his pleasure on signing for Gloucestershire for the upcoming season of English County Championship. He further stated that he enjoyed batting in tough conditions and has found memories of playing in England. He said that he was determined to deliver his best with the bat for the fans of Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Coach, Ian Harvey said that the signing of Kraigg Brathwaite will bolster the batting resources for the coming season. He said that Brathwaite was under radar for quite some time by the county side. With his wealth of experience, West Indies captain will add value to the dressing room.
Since making his Test debut in 2011, Kraigg Brathwaite has represented West Indies in 68 Test matches, in which he has scored 4,113 runs at an average of 33.44 with nine centuries and twenty-one half-centuries to his name. This will be his fourth English club after previously playing in the English County Championship for the teams like Glamorgan, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. This year’s English County Championship is slated to begin from 8th April.