Gloucestershire have announced the exciting signing of the West Indian captain Kraigg Braithwaite ahead of their 2021 County Championship season.
Brathwaite will join the club at the conclusion of the test series between the West Indies and Sri Lanka currently taking place in Antigua. Technically he is available for the first 8 games of the county season, but with the first game just a week away it's unlikely he'll feature due to quarantine restrictions when entering the country.
Kraigg is no stranger to the English game, he has previously appeared for Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan between 2017 and 2019.
"I have always enjoyed county cricket and cherished the times I've been able to play in England," said Braithwaite.
"I'm excited to come to Bristol and do my best for the team, the club and of course the Gloucestershire supporters."
Brathwaite has recently taken over from Jason Holder as test captain of the West Indies, and he's the current top run-scorer in the Test series against Sri Lanka. This week he scored a patient 126 off 311 balls to put the West Indies in control against the visiting Sri Lankans who find themselves 250-8 in response.
Having made his test debut at the age of just 18, it seems as though Brathwaite as been around for a long time. He averages 33.29 over 59 tests and 38.15 in first-class cricket having scored just under 10,000 runs.
"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," said Gloucestershire head coach Ian Harvey.
"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.
"Kraigg 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."