Surrey have signalled their intention to return to NatWest T20 Blast finals day this summer after signing West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Bravo will join the club during June and will be the club’s second overseas signing alongside former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
Surrey missed finals day for the first time in three years last season and the arrival of Bravo will further add to their attraction with sold-out crowds again expected at the Kia Oval.
“I’m really happy to have signed for Surrey,” the former West Indies captain said.
“It’s a club I’ve always wanted to play for. I can’t wait to join the boys in June and play in front of all my English fans.”
Bravo is one of the most experienced Twenty20 cricketers in the world, having scored almost 4,500 runs and taken 285 wickets in 277 matches, while he was a part of the West Indies team that won the 2012 World T20.
The 32-year-old has also been a regular in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League and will add to the all-star quality of the Blast after his fellow West Indian Chris Gayle (Somerset) and Kane Williamson (Yorkshire Vikings) were signed up earlier this week.
“Dwayne is one of the top all-rounders in world T20 cricket,” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
“He’s played with great success wherever he’s been so to secure his services is a great coup for us.
“He’s a game changer and a match winner – and he told me has always wanted to play for Surrey! – and I’m sure plenty of people will want to come through the gates to see his talent.”
Bravo’s arrival comes a day after it was announced that Graham Ford was leaving Surrey to take over as Sri Lanka coach.