A slippery pace bowler capable of speeds in excess of 90mph and possessing the ability to extract sideways movement, Powell nevertheless struggled to hold down a place in the West Indies side since making his Test debut in 2002.
He made a favourable impression on West Indies' tour of England in 2007, although he showed only glimpses of his potency during a stint as Hampshire's overseas player later that summer.
While a lack of discipline with the ball is reflected in a bloated Test average, Powell picked up $1million for his part in the Stanford Superstars' triumph in the infamous Stanford 20/20 tournament in late 2008.
He played in West Indies' home Test series win against England in early 2009, but seemed to admit defeat in his battle to convince the selectors of his worth by signing a two-year deal with Lancashire starting in 2010.
By agreeing to join as a Kolpak player - he qualified through his Jamaican heritage - Powell forfeited his right to play international cricket for West Indies.