Vitality Blast 2021: Bears sign Windies T20 World Cup-winner Carlos Brathwaite
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is heading to Edgbaston this summer after committing to Birmingham Bears men’s team for this year’s Vitality Blast.
Braithwaite (32) became one of the biggest stars in T20 cricket after his incredible four back-to-back sixes, and 34 runs off 10 balls, took West Indies to glory in the ICC T20 World Cup final in Kolkata in 2016.
The Barbadian all-rounder is currently playing in the Pakistan Super League with Multan Sultans and has played in all premier T20 tournaments, including the Vitality Blast with Kent in 2018, the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash, the Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League.
“Carlos is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Bears Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace.
“He’s a game changer who adds vital firepower to our middle order, but his variation with the ball gives us another strong seam bowling option.
“I was part of the England coaching team in 2016 when Carlos’ four successive sixes changed the ICC T20 World Cup final, so I’m well aware of his capabilities. I’m just glad that we’ll have the benefits of his qualities now that he’s signed for the Bears.”
Carlos Brathwaite said: “It’s very exciting to join the Bears and to make Edgbaston my home this summer.
“I’ve heard a lot about the atmosphere and the big T20 crowds that come to Edgbaston to watch the Bears. I can’t wait to get started this summer in the Blast.
“I know that the team went very close to reaching the quarter finals last year, but we’ve got a lot of young talent in this squad and I’m hoping that we can push on further this year. Getting to Finals Day at our home ground would be fantastic.”
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