English county championship side Middlesex have signed Barbados Pride and West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins to a three-year contract.
But the 29-year-old Cummins will be registered as a Kolpak player, ruling him out of contention for West Indies selection. Cummins had a three-match spell as an overseas player with Middlesex last month, after he was recommended to the club by former West Indies head coach, Stuart Law.
“Stuart recommended that we get Miguel over to have a look at him on the back of the time he had spent with him while coaching the West Indies,” said Middlesex director of cricket, Angus Fraser.
“I had watched Miguel on video, but it is often only when you see someone play ‘live’ that you get a true reflection of their capabilities. I was immediately impressed by Miguel,” Fraser said.
Fraser added: “He has control, is able to move the ball away from a right-handed batsman and, I believe, the ability to bowl fast, aggressive spells when conditions dictate. During the recent spell he spent with Middlesex, he fit in really well and will be a popular member of our squad.”
Cummins has played 14 Tests and 11 One-day Internationals with his most recent appearance for West Indies in the first Test against India in August in Antigua. He is the third West Indian to take the Kolpak route onto the English county scene, following fellow speedsters, compatriot Fidel Edwards, who plays for Hampshire, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Ravi Rampaul, who plays for Derbyshire.
Middlesex, who were county champions three years ago, finished eighth in Division 2 championship in Law’s first season in charge.