LONDON, CMC – In-demand West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will ply his trade for Middlesex in the upcoming England T20 Blast, the club announced yesterday.
The 34-year-old, currently playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, will turn out for Middlesex in their first six matches of the season.
Bravo boasts an impressive short format resumé with titles in the Indian Premier League with CSK, the Caribbean Premier League with Trinbago Knight Riders and in the Bangladeshi Premier League with Dhaka Dynamites.
He has also twice helped West Indies win the T20 World Cup and Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said the club knew it was acquiring a match-winner.
“Dwayne is one of the most exciting and best T20 players in the world. He can win games of cricket with bat or ball,” Fraser said.
“He may only be available for six games but I expect him to have an impact in a number of these matches. I’m sure he is a player the huge Lord’s crowds will enjoy watching.”
Bravo is one of the world’s most experienced T20 cricketers, with 5 635 runs and 420 wickets in 385 matches. In fact, the Trinidadian remains the only bowler with more than 400 wickets in the format.
The former West Indies one-day captain said he was looking forward to the short stint with the Lord’s-based outfit.
“I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my career to have played all round the world and Lord’s in London is a place that really excites me,” he said.
“I have no hesitation committing to Middlesex for six games of the Vitality Blast and am looking forward to joining Dan Vettori’s squad at the start of July.”
Following the Blast, Bravo will lead TKR in the defence of their CPL title starting August.