Derbyshire has strengthened its bowling attack for the 2018 season with the signing of former West Indies seamer Ravi Rampaul from Surrey on a three-year deal.
The 32-year-old paceman will be available for all formats as a non-overseas player, subject to successful registration.
The quick bowler brings a wealth of experience to The 3aaa County Ground after featuring in 133 international matches for West Indies and 232 domestic fixtures during his career to date.
He has appeared in 18 Tests, taking 49 wickets, and 115 international limited-overs games, taking 146 wickets with best figures of 5-49.
Rampaul, who was part of the West Indies side that won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, has become a consistent performer in Twenty20 cricket, taking 155 wickets in 126 matches, with best figures of 5-9.
He has also enjoyed successful spells in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore and in the CPL with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados Tridents.
He spent the 2017 season with Surrey, after signing for the county the previous year, featuring in all three competitions and returning best figures of 4-40 in the One-Day Cup, where he finished the competition with 18 wickets at an average of 24 as the county reached the final at Lord’s.
133 matches for West Indies
206 f/c wickets
410 limited-overs wickets
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Cricket Advisor, Kim Barnett said: “We identified new ball bowling as an area we wanted to strengthen for 2018, and we’re delighted to secure someone of the calibre of Ravi.
“He is highly skilled and vastly experienced, with over 100 internationals under his belt, and he will give us the additional firepower we needed alongside the likes of Hardus Viljoen and Will Davis.
“Ravi will be available for all forms and has committed to Derbyshire full time, ruling out any clashes with the CPL during the English domestic season.
“It’s a massive coup for the Club and shows our intent that we want to build on the progress we made in 2017 and kick on in 2018 and beyond.”
Rampaul added: “I’m grateful to Derbyshire for giving me this opportunity to extend my career in England and play across all forms.
“The Club has ambitious plans for the years ahead and I’m excited by what we can achieve. Hopefully I can play my part, not only on the field helping to win games of cricket, but also help the younger guys in the dressing room.”
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