Ram­paul joins the Der­byshire rev­o­lu­tion

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

FOR­MER West In­dies bowler Ravi Ram­paul will con­tinue his county ca­reer with Der­byshire, hav­ing joined the county from Sur­rey.

Ram­paul, 32, is set to be avail­able for all for­mats as a non-over­seas player, sub­ject to suc­cess­ful regis­tra­tion.

The quick bowler brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to Der­byshire af­ter fea­tur­ing in 133 in­ter­na­tional matches for West In­dies and 232 do­mes­tic fix­tures dur­ing his ca­reer to date.

Ram­paul said: “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.”

Ram­paul 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.

He has also en­joyed suc­cess­ful spells in the IPL with Royal Chal­lengers Bangalore and in the CPL with Trinidad and Tobago and Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents.

Der­byshire 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.”

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