Kraigg Brathwaite joins Gloucestershire for start of Championship campaign

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West Indies captain to link up with squad following conclusion of Antigua Test match

Gloucestershire have made a last-minute addition to their County Championship squad by signing West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite as an overseas player for the first two months of the domestic season.

Brathwaite will be available for up to eight Championship fixtures. He will travel to Bristol immediately after West Indies’ ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka in Antigua – in which he scored 126 in the first innings – although with the match now heading towards a fifth day, he will not now arrive in time to face Surrey on April 8. He is likelier to debut against Somerset on April 15.

Brathwaite is set to open the batting for Gloucestershire alongside club captain Chris Dent, and will be their second overseas player alongside Daniel Worrall when he arrives after the conclusion of the Sheffield Shield season. Gloucestershire will be Brathwaite’s fourth county after spells at Glamorgan, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, and he is the third member of the Test side to sign as an overseas player for the early rounds of the Championship season following deals for Kemar Roach (Surrey) and Alzarri Joseph (Worcestershire).

“I truly look forward to the opportunity to represent Gloucestershire,” Brathwaite said. “I have always enjoyed county cricket and cherished the times I’ve been able to play in England. I’m excited to come to Bristol and do my best for the team, the club and of course the Gloucestershire supporters.”

Ian Harvey, the club’s interim head coach following Richard Dawson’s appointment as the ECB’s elite performance pathway coach, said that Brathwaite had been on Gloucestershire’s radar for some time.

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