Warwickshire are set to sign 17-year-old Che Simmons as the ‘new Jofra Archer’.
The Barbadian actor has a UK passport and will be impressed in the XI 2nd test
Warwickshire seems to be plotting a coup under the signature of Che Simmons, a young fast-paced player dubbed the “new archer Joffra”.
Simmons, a 17-year-old sailor, was born and raised in Barbados. But he also holds a UK passport through his father, and was invited to play a few games for Warwickshire 2nd XI on the advice of Warwickshire’s sporting director Paul Farbras by Barbadian colleague Otis Gibson.
To make a big impact, Simmons is expected to offer a deal that may include some type of scholarship to complete his / her studies in the UK. He is currently studying at the Combermere School, which has a rich history of producing top players. Also in attendance were Craig Bratwight, Wes Hall, Clyde Walcott, Frank Voral and Chris Jordan, current West Indies Test captain. Also the singer, Rihanna.
High-speed bowling with beautiful, smooth movement, Simmons represents Barbados under the age of 15 and became famous for claiming every 10 wickets at a time while playing at Franklin Stephenson Academy. He finished with a remarkable 10 for 16 out of 5.3. He only got out of the bat twice when he agreed to run.
Although good news for Warwickshire and potentially England, it could be seen as another defeat for cricket in the Caribbean. While Archer and Jordan are some of the most famous cricketers to have chosen more English than Barbados in recent years, Warwickshire has another young Barbadian in its staff at Jacob Bethel. Some Warwickshire members believe that Bethell, the spinner and left-hander, is the best young player the club has had since the arrival of Ian Bell.
George Double is ESPNcricinfo Senior Reporter