Gabriel joins Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire received a massive boost ahead of County Championship climax as they have roped in West Indies seamer Shannon Gabriel for the last three County Championship matches of the season. Gabriel would be looking forward to adding a good dimension to the team’s bowling brigade.
The 31-year-old seamer will throw himself into the mix for the visit of Sussex after which, he will take the trip to New Road to take on Worcestershire before facing the final round clash with Northamptonshire at the County Ground in September. He will join the team only after the upcoming multi-format home series against India.
Gabriel has a wide range of experience with the ball as he averages 28.86 in first-class cricket. He has by far featured in 70 matches for the Windies across all three formats of the game. His effect of destruction was witnessed when he bagged 165 wickets to his subtle bowling variations of good line and length.
He even played in the recently concluded World Cup against the likes of England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Gloucestershire in September and I will be trying my best to help the team push for promotion to Division One,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be carrying some good form off the back of the Test series against India.”
Head coach Richard Dawson expressed his happiness over the arrival of Shannon Gabriel for he believes that the Gabriel can make a huge difference in the side. “Shannon gives us some genuine pace and international experience. He will bring that extra pick me up for the last three weeks of the season which is a tough slog after playing T20 cricket along with four months of four-day cricket.
“He gives us another string to our bow in our bowling attack and he will be playing Test cricket against India so he will be match fit, I’m really looking forward to getting him involved. Obviously, we’ve played some very good cricket this season and we want to maintain that and if we do, it will go a long way to dictating where we finish in the table,” he added.