LONDON — Hampshire have completed the signing of Barbadian fast bowler Ruel Brathwaite.
The 27-year-old has signed for the remainder of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 campaign. Brathwaite, a former Queen’s College student, Barbados Under-15, Under-19 team and UWI player, took 39 wickets in 11 matches for Durham but found opportunities limited and was released by the county.
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Hampshire and excited by the prospect of evolving my game under Giles White [Hampshire manager],” said Brathwaite. Brathwaite, who made his Hampshire debut in the County Championship match against Northants, added: “It was a good time [at Durham], but it just wasn’t meant to be.
“It is very tough being a fast bowler in the north east. There are so many fast bowlers and it’s hard to get in and get a chance. “But I enjoyed my time at Durham and learnt a lot and hopefully I can bring that knowledge to Hampshire and take my career forward.”
He will be eligible to play the remainder of this season’s County Championship matches but not in the YB40 competition for the Royals. In 2014, he will be available for all formats.
Brathwaite was first spotted by the former Sussex and England batsman Bill Athey who brought him over to the United Kingdom to study at Dulwich and then went on to Loughborough where he worked with Graham Dilley, the former England bowling coach.