Dwayne Bravo signs up to play for Essex Eagles in T20 finale

Dwayne Bravo, the Trinidad and Tobago allrounder and West Indies Vice Captain, has signed on to play for Essex County Cricket Club in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Friends Provident t20 finals day, subject to visa approval. The Essex Eagles reached the August 14 showpiece at the Rose Bowl courtesy of an eight-wicket demolition of Lancashire Lightning at Chelmsford on Tuesday evening.

Essex first XI head coach Paul Grayson believes Bravo will be a “like-for-like replacement” for Scott Styris on FP t20 finals day, when Essex face hosts Hampshire Royals in the first semi-final. The 26-year-old brings a wealth of Twenty20 experience, having played for Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20, for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and Victoria Bushrangers in Australia’s Big Bash.

He has 22 Twenty20 international caps, having also played in 37 Tests and 107 One-Day Internationals.
Grayson said: “Obviously Dwayne is a world class all-rounder; we have lost the services of other big hitters such as Graham Napier and Ryan ten Doeschate. We see Dwayne as a like-for-like replacement for Scott Styris. He is a high-quality cricketer.”