Carlos Brathwaite plays club cricket in Birmingham for Knowle and Dorridge ahead of his stint as captain of the Birmingham Bears in T20 Blast. He had a disappointing debut this weekend.
West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite had a day to forget after making his debut for Birmingham & District Premier League side Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club.
Brathwaite was the man who led the West Indies to victory at the 2016 T20 World Cup, winning with a devastating final over attack on Ben Stokes. He will be captaining the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast this year. With the competition starting next month, Brathwaite will be able to play with Knowle or Dorridge as he recovers after a shoulder injury that required him to have surgery.
Brathwaite made his debut for the club over the Easter weekend in a 50-over game against Leamington Cricket Club. The 33-year old was not disappointed.
Brathwaite, who was bowling for the first six months after an injury, was unable to take a wicket. He conceded 31 runs in his four overs. This made him the most expensive Knowle-Dorridge bowler. As his side lost by 12 runs, he then threw a first ball duck and batted.
Brathwaite tweeted later about the match, and revealed that his car was also stolen. “What a day yesterday,”He wrote.
“First time bowling in a game after injury for six months – First ball duck from a long hop – Car stolen But you know what, woke up this morning, Sun is shining and giving thanks. Happy Easter to all”.
Brathwaite, who had been a successful overseas player last year, was elected the Birmingham Bears’ skipper. He was the club’s leading wicket-taker with 18, at an average 17.61, and scored 183 runs at a rate of 150.
“Edgbaston is a very special place to play at and it was great to get a taste of the atmosphere last year,” Brathwaite said. “Hopefully we can welcome thousands more fans to get the Eric Hollies Stand rocking next year and make Edgbaston the real fortress for the Bears which it’s renowned for.”
“Carlos gets exactly what we are trying to achieve in T20 cricket,”Paul Farbrace was appointed director of cricket. “We want to play brave and entertaining cricket, that gets the crowd excited, and there’s never a dull moment with Carlos with either bat or ball in his hand. He’s a match winner.”