Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jayawardene, Malinga  to feature in CPL


Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene will replace injured South African Davy Jacobs in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel franchise for their remaining matches in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament.



Jacobs was ruled out of the tournament with an injury to his right ankle, and did not feature in the Red Steel’s previous three matches.



Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who is the second in the list of all-time wicket-takers in the shortest form of the game, will also be part of the tournament, replacing Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez in Guyana Amazon Warriors’ squad.



Hafeez is set to join his country’s upcoming Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe. 



There is also a change to the Barbados Tridents’ squad, with wicket-keeper/batsman Umar Akmal also heading to Zimbabwe with the Pakistan national team.



He will be replaced by Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood.



Commenting on his impending CPL T20 debut, Jayawardene said: “I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket in the Caribbean, so I am really looking forward to this short stint with T&T Red Steel.



“We have got a really talented young team, and I hope I can help us first get into the semi-finals and then go on and challenge for the title.  



“It should be a really entertaining and exciting finale to the tournament,” he added.



In other changes, 25 year-old Orlando Peters made his Limacol CPL debut for the Antigua Hawksbills on Tuesday, coming in for the injured South African all-rounder Justin Kemp.



Peters’ 31 from 22 balls steered Antigua narrowly past Barbados Tridents.



The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League runs until August 24, with the two semi-finals and final taking place in T&T.