Caribbean Premier League news June 18, 2013

Pomersbach replaces Chanderpaul in CPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has withdrawn from the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) due to contractual obligations with English county Derbyshire. He will be replaced in the St Lucia franchise by Australia batsman Luke Pomersbach.

Chanderpaul signed a contract with CPL offering himself for selection but later realised that his commitment to Derbyshire allowed a release only if it pertained to playing for West Indies.

"I am extremely sorry that I will not be able to participate in the CPL because of contractual obligations," Chanderpaul said. "I would definitely like to make myself available for the next edition, and will have my contracts carry a clause that will permit me to play in future editions of T20 tournaments."

His withdrawal opened doors for Pomersbach, who was in the group of Elite Pool A players alongside Chanderpaul, and the only batsman remaining in that pool.

"It will be great to be a part of the first CPL and I am looking forward to some tough competitive cricket with some of the greatest T20 cricketers in the world," Pomersbach said.

Organisers say Pomersbach's selection is in line with the rules of the draft.

Pomersbach has scored 1078 runs in 48 Twenty20s at a strike rate of 130.98, including fours fifties and a hundred. The other T20 franchises he has represented are Brisbane Heat, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The St Lucia franchise, the Zouks, includes international players Darren Sammy, Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel, Tino Best, Tamim Iqbal among others. The coach of the franchise is former West Indies bowler Andy Roberts.

The CPL begins on July 30 in Barbados with the opening match between St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents.

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  • Satesh on June 21, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @cricketdebator, here you go . Shivnarine strike rate in T20 is 98, in one day it is 70 and in test match it is 42. at a time when our batting lets us down more often than not - he is a gem to have in the team. Unfortunately, the selectors and a few folks like you don't think that we need any stability in the batting order. I can agree about T20 , but it is truly incomprehensible to see his continual omission from the 50 over team. But even in T20 his strike rate is 98 - what are you looking for??

  • sunil on June 20, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    @debator, what good is your SR if you hardly make runs?..everyone is getting caught up in the money making thing call t20!!

  • Derek on June 20, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @cricketdebator All Chanders stats are here His limited over strike rate is much better than his TEST strike rate. Remember how strike rate is calculated. There are a lot lest deliveries bowled in limited over games and Chanderpaul has played a lot of test matches. You are comparing apples and pears.

  • Simon on June 20, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @delboy, What is important in the Limited over game is the strike rate, not then run rate. Tell us about his STRIKE RATE.

  • sunil on June 20, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    i agree with delboy!!..all these t20 competition is killing original cricket!!

  • Derek on June 20, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    @cricketdebator your assertion does no credit to either cricket or a debate. Chanderpaul is capable of playing any format and has proven this time over. He still maintain a healthy run rate against QUALITY bowlers. The CPL is yet another example of a marketing model which is good for other regions but not necessary for the WI. I might be wrong and cruise ships are going to be along longer stays in the ports to allow the tourist who can afford to attend. Fact is one the television and sponsorship revenue is collected, the administrators are not concerned whether locals can afford to enter the stadia, so the paying audience do no really matter in cricket played in that region. CPL borders gimmick teams are either owned by franchisee independent of the islands or they are island based teams as in the domestic competition with up to 4 FOREIGN internationals in a squad and two per team. SAMUELS and GAYLE cannot play for JAMAICA or POLLARD, BRAVO, RAMDIN, SIMMONS for T&T is LAUGHABLE!

  • Simon on June 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Chanderpaul is a good Test batsman, but the T20 is much too fast for him. This is a game for young fast moving players, and his non-availabilty is really a blessing in disguise for him, less he fail as Ponting and Tendulkar did in the just concluded IPL. The county circuit is ideal for him where he can push and prod along, and score all the runs he wants leading up to his retirement.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Is he even in the Australian T20 side?

  • ESPN on June 19, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Hopefully it will be betters managed than BPL

  • Carl on June 19, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    While everybody else is messing about playing kiddie cricket, Shiv will be doing the business in the real form of the game - no coincidence that he's still the best we've got.

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