West Indies batsman Brendan Nash has signed for Kent and will be available as an overseas player for the whole of the 2012 season.
Nash, 34, who has played 21 Tests and nine one-day internationals and is currently representing Jamaica in West Indian domestic cricket, will join Kent later this month in time for the opening LV County Championship fixture against Yorkshire at Headingley, which starts on April 5.
It is the first significant signing by Kent’s new head coach, Jimmy Adams, who is himself Jamaican and a former West Indies batsman of similar style to Nash.
Adams said: “I am pleased that Kent have been able to secure the services of Brendan Nash. Brendan’s ability, coupled with his experience at every level of the game, will undoubtedly be of tremendous value to the club especially given his availability for the entire season.
“I look forward to welcoming Brendan to Kent in the next couple of weeks in preparation for the season’s opening match in early April.”
Nash follows in the footsteps of Carl Hooper and John Shepherd, two former stars from the West Indies who became St Lawrence legends through their immense contributions to the club.
Sadly, the same can be said of Kent’s last foray into the Caribbean market in 2006 when all-rounder Dwayne Bravo endured a miserable stint at Canterbury.
The Trinidad-born player took eight wickets costing 54 apiece and scoring 208 runs at an average of 26 in his five first-class starts for the county.
Meanwhile, former Sussex and Middlesex batsman Toby Radford is moving in the opposite direction after accepting the job at assistant coach to the West Indies Test side.
Radford, who coached Middlesex to Twenty20 Cup success in 2008, was previously head of the West Indies High Performance Centre based in Barbados.
Radford, who replaces former Test wicketkeeper David Williams, will become No2 to Ottis Gibson, who has drafted in the former opening batsman to work with an array of gifted young Caribbean batsmen.