Northamptonshire have signed West Indies captain Kieron Pollard for this summer’s Vitality Blast.
The 32-year-old all-rounder is due to be available for eight matches, beginning with the home opener against Durham on Friday, June 5.
“I see this as a wonderful opportunity to be back in England again playing in the action-packed Vitality Blast tournament,” said Pollard.
“I want to thank Northants for welcoming me to their group of exciting players. I know they have some amazing fans and I look forward to entertaining them and bringing more success to the club.”
Pollard brings a wealth of experience and success having won the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League while he also helped West Indies to their first World T20 title in 2012.
Pollard, who needs 34 more runs to become only the second batsman in the world to score 10,000 Twenty20 runs, was appointed West Indies white-ball captain last September ahead of their T20 title defence in Australia later this year.
“Of course as captain of the West Indies team and defending champions I have one eye on the ICC T20 World Cup later this year in Australia,” he added.
“But I can assure you my focus will be 100 per-cent on winning games for Northants when I arrive in June.”
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.