Worcestershire have snapped up a highly-recommended West Indies all-rounder ahead of the start of the Vitality Blast.

The Pears have announced the signing of 32-year-old Hayden Walsh.

Walsh steps in as a replacement for Pakistan spinner Usama Mir, who was not able to obtain a Non Objection Certificate (NOC) in time for his planned stint with the Rapids.

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Walsh, a leg-spinning all-rounder, brings with him experience in 23 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 39 T20 internationals, for both the West Indies and USA.

He is highly recommended by fellow Windies international and former captain Jason Holder, who played for the club at the start of the 2024 season.

Walsh said: "I am thrilled to join Worcestershire and be part of such a prestigious club.

"Both Jason and Alzarri (Joseph) have said a lot of good things about the Club and the group of players, and I look forward to contributing to the team’s success and showcasing my skills in front of the supporters at Visit Worcestershire New Road.

"It’s an exciting opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started."

Worcestershire CEO, Ashley Giles, said: "We are incredibly pleased to welcome Hayden to the Worcestershire family.

"Hayden is a versatile and talented cricketer whose skills will be a great asset to our squad.

"He comes with a glowing reference from Jason, which speaks volumes about his abilities and character.

"While it’s unfortunate that Usama couldn’t join us, we are confident that Hayden will fit in seamlessly and make a valuable contribution to our campaign."