By Matt Somerford
Glamorgan’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign has been handed a major boost following the signing of hard-hitting West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy.
The 30-year-old, who led West Indies to the World Twenty20 title two years ago, has established himself as one of the most dangerous finishers on the planet with his fearsome hitting.
He is a handy bowler, too, and will jet in to Cardiff in time for Glamorgan’s home opener at the SWALEC Stadium against Sussex Sharks on Friday night.
Glamorgan head coach Toby Radford worked with Sammy when West Indies won their Twenty20 title, and is delighted to secure the services of a player who could light up the competition.
"Darren is top-quality T20 player and a fine addition to our dressing room as he brings with him experience at the highest level,” Radford said.
“Darren was a leader on and off the field during my days with the West Indies, so it will be great to work with him again at Glamorgan.”
Sammy arrives in Wales after captaining a Sunrisers Hyderabad side in the Indian Premier League that included super-star names such as Dale Steyn, David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch – who is set to join up with Yorkshire Vikings this week.
The right-hander was a star of the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, when West Indies reached the semi-finals, and most memorably hit back-to-back sixes to secure an emotionally-charged last-over win against Australia in the group stage.
“Darren's skills with bat and ball have delighted crowds all around the world in Twenty20 competitions in recent years so we're delighted to welcome him to Glamorgan,” the county’s chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris said.
"Darren arrives fresh from the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the Indian Premier League, whom he captained and Glamorgan supporters will get an opportunity to see the all-rounder display his skills as he joins us ahead of Friday's first home game against Sussex Sharks.”
Sammy will remain with Glamorgan until the start of the Caribbean Premier League in July.