Worcestershire have signed double ICC T20 World Cup winner, Dwayne Bravo, as their second overseas player for the 2022 Vitality Blast.
Bravo follows New Zealand star Colin Munro in joining the Rapids for this summer’s competition.
It is another statement of intent by Worcestershire to further enhance their chances of more Blast glory after their superb performances in 2018 and 2019.
Bravo will play alongside Rapids Blast captain Moeen Ali for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League before heading to New Road.
He is available for at least the final ten group games plus the quarter-final and finals day.
The all-rounder has a superb pedigree and was a member of the West Indies side, winning the 2012 and 2016 ICC T20 World Cups.
Bravo became the first player to take 500 wickets in T20 cricket and, in addition to the IPL, played in the Big Bash, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League.
He has previous experience of county cricket in England with Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex.
Bravo, aged 38, played 91 T20Is, 164 ODIs and 40 Tests for the West Indies before announcing his retirement from international cricket in November 2021.
Dwayne Bravo commented “When Moeen mentioned the possibility of me coming over for the Blast whilst we were both at BPL, it was an opportunity I wanted to seriously look at. It’s great that it has all come together.
“The Vitality Blast is one of the domestic T20 titles that I am yet to win and I will be working hard to help the team achieve success”
Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chairman, Paul Pridgeon, is delighted to sign another leading T20 player so soon after the capture of Munro.
He said: “To put Dwayne Bravo and Colin Munro in the mix with the players we already have in the squad is excellent news.
“Dwayne is a superb ‘death’ bowler and hard-hitting middle-order batsman and has enormous experience from playing for his country and in T20 cricket worldwide.
“Moeen (Ali) has been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League with Dwayne Bravo this winter, has been talking to him and said ‘come and play for us’ – and he agreed.
“The pair of them will also be team-mates for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
“Dwayne is available for us at least the final ten group games plus the quarter-finals and final, but that number will increase if Chennai don’t make the knockout stages.
“To have Colin for the entire tournament and Dwayne for a major proportion of it is great news, and I’m sure the members and supporters will enjoy seeing them in action.”