Wednesday 9th July – Kingston, Jamaica: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) today revealed four more exciting names who will be taking part in the rapidly approaching, high-octane T20 competition. The quartet will join the recently announced Kiwi pair, Jimmy Neesham and Daniel Vettori, in travelling to Grenada this Friday for the spectacular opening weekend of the tournament.
England international, Owais Shah, will link up with defending champions, Jamaica Tallawahs, while Ben Dunk, Player of the Tournament in this year’s Big Bash League, will bring his big hitting to the Antigua Hawksbills. West Indies batsman, Kirk Edwards, who played in all three Tests in the recent series against New Zealand, will join the Barbados Tridents, while batsman, Shacaya Thomas, will join Dunk at the Hawksbills.
Those standing aside for the newcomers are Thisara Perera, Antigua Hawksbills (selected for Sri Lanka ‘A’ tour); Kieran Powell, Antigua Hawksbills (personal reasons); Ahmed Shehzad, Jamaica Tallawahs (unavailable due to PCB training camp); and Imran Nazir, Barbados Tridents, (injured). St. Lucia Zouks are also in the market for a replacement international player, after experienced Australian batsman, Brad Hodge, unfortunately suffered a broken arm in a warm-up game.
CPL Cricket Operations Director, Michael Hall, said: “It goes to show the strength of the Caribbean Premier League that we are able to draft in such talented and popular replacements for those who are now unavailable. It is a tournament that is on the lips of every cricketer in the world at the moment, and although international commitments and injuries have taken their toll, we are always confident of having plenty of talented cricketers ready and willing to step in.”
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League returns on 11th July, as the Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the Antigua Hawksbills at the National Cricket Stadium, Grenada in the opening game of the tournament.