Birmingham Bears have secured West Indian fast bowler Dominic Drakes for the remainder of the Vitality Blast campaign.
The left-armer, who will be available for Sunday’s home fixture against Durham (2.30pm) plus the quarter-final and Finals Day if qualified, replaces Hassan Ali as the Bears’ second overseas. Ali is due to leave for Karachi on Sunday, having been selected for the Pakistan Test squad which departs for Sri Lanka on 9 July.
Drakes will be a familiar name to Bears fans, with Vaspert, Dominic’s father, making 32 appearances for Warwickshire across First Class and List A cricket in 2001.
Born in Barbados, the 25-year-old has already clocked significant air miles through international and franchise cricket.
A regular in the Caribbean Premier League with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, the seamer has made ten ODI and two T20 appearances for his national side, taking eight wickets.
Drakes enjoyed his first taste of county cricket last year, making five T20 and one LV= Insurance County Championship appearance for Yorkshire.
During the Blast, Drakes was part of the Vikings team that reached Finals Day, taking two of his 10 wickets at Edgbaston.
“I can’t wait to link up with the squad ahead of what’s an exciting time for the club,” said Drakes. “The team have shown to be one of the strongest in the competition and I’m looking forward to adding to their initial success in the closing stages.
“I love playing in big crowds and having the opportunity to play in a quarterfinal, plus the chance to go one step further to Finals Day is exciting.”
Performance Director Gavin Larsen said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Dominic to the squad. Dominic loves the big stage and is comfortable taking the ball in the powerplay and high-pressure moments.
“As a left-armer, Dominic will add something different to our pace attack and we can’t wait to see how he fares before the quarter-final.”
£15 tickets for home quarter-final
Bears have secured a home Vitality Blast quarter-final which will be on Thursday 6 July, with adult tickets only £15.
Tickets ware available online at tickets.edgbaston.com or on the day via the Ticket Office. Members and Season Pass holders can attend for free by scanning their card at the gate.