Glamorgan Dragons have announced the signing of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy for their T20 Blast campaign.
All rounder Sammy, 30, led the West Indies to World T20 success in 2012 and the signing is something of a coup according to the Welsh county.
"Darren's skills with bat and ball have delighted crowds all around the world in Twenty20 competitions," said Glamorgan boss Hugh Morris. "We're delighted to welcome him to Glamorgan."
Sammy will remain with the Dragons until July when he heads back to the West Indies to participate in the Carribean Premier League. The World Cup winner has just finished captaining Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and Morris hopes Sammy will play six matches, including four potentially lucrative home Friday night games.
The first of those games is this Friday when Glamorgan welcome former T20 Champions Sussex to Sophia Gardens.
Dragons head coach Toby Radford has previous experience working with Sammy when he worked as an assistant coach in the West Indies set up and believes Sammy will add pedigree to the Dragons dressing room.
"Darren is a top quality T20 player and a fine addition to our dressing room, because 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 is the first St. Lucian international cricketer, and by extension, became the first to lead the West Indies when he was appointed captain in all three formats in October 2010. Although he was replaced by Dinesh Ramdin in 2014 at captain of the test side after inconsistent individual and team performances, Sammy continues to lead the one day and T20 sides.
He has 38 test caps, 111 one day international and 52 international T20 appearances to his names. In international T20s Sammy averages 17.14 with the bat at a strike rate of 148.87 and has taken 40 wickets, including a career best 5-26 against Zimbabwe in 2010.