Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced the signing of West Indian fast bowler Chemar Holder for the remaining four LV= Insurance County Championship games and for the Bob Willis Trophy final should the Bears qualify.

The 23-year-old – who is currently with the West Indian Test squad as they host Pakistan in Kingston for their second Test – is due to fly to London on Friday in preparation for the Bears Division One match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 30th August.

A tall right-arm fast bowler, Holder took two wickets on his Test debut – when the Windies toured New Zealand in December 2020 – before adding an ODI cap a month later in Dhaka, during the Bangladesh ODI series. To date, they are his only appearances for his national side.

“We’re delighted to add Chemar to our bowling unit ahead of what is an exciting four games in the LV= Insurance County Championship.” said Warwickshire Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace. “Chemar is a young, tall, fast bowler who will offer us something different as we look to build on our impressive start to the County Championship.

“In the red ball game Chemar has impressed internationally and domestically and I know he’s extremely excited to wear the Bear and Ragged Staff.

“I’d like to thank batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Pieter Malan for their contributions, and we look forward to welcoming Chemar very soon.”

Holder first made his mark in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup where he shone in the semi-final and final to help the Windies secure the trophy. Since then, the youngster has taken 81 wickets in just 21 first class matches at an average of 25.33.

In the white ball game, Holder has played for Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Kings in the Caribbean Premier League and Barbados in the Regional Super50.

Chemar Holder said: “Warwickshire is a fantastic club with a proud history of winning trophies and overseas stars.

“The Bears squad have a great opportunity to win a trophy this season and I can’t wait to contribute and help the team achieve their goals.

“I’m incredibly excited to test myself in such an illustrious competition.”