Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, is the third foreign player to sign for the Caribbean Premier League after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist.
Six international players from West Indies have already confirmed their participation – Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels.
“I am very excited about playing in the first ever edition of the CPL,” Taylor said. “As current world champions, West Indies have been a force in T20 cricket over the past couple of years, and CPL should help uncover new international superstars in the mould of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine.
“The Caribbean is one of my favourite places to play cricket and with the passionate crowds, great atmosphere and the athletic style of play, I’m looking forward to being a part of this exciting competition.”
Taylor has 3,450 runs in 151 Twenty20s at 30.80 with a strike rate of 142.79.
At the moment, he is playing in the Indian Premier League for his fourth franchise, Pune Warriors, having previously represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.
“When it comes to West Indies cricket, everyone rallies together,” said Rhonda Kelly, CPL event organiser, who was joined by a team of international creative directors and producers for the shoot.
Kelly Holdings, based in the Cayman Islands and run by Kelly and Laurie-Ann Holding, Michael Holding’s wife, has been involved in major Caribbean cricket events for many years.
The inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League will be played from 29 July to 26 August by six franchise countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
Each team will select 15 players with a limit of four international players and at least four players under the age of 23.