CPL 2013 July 4, 2013

Rohrer, Shehzad and Jacobs drafted in for CPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Rohrer, Ahmed Shehzad and Davy Jacobs have been drafted in to the Caribbean Premier League as replacements for Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch, after the Australian trio was unable to get no-objection certificates from Cricket Australia.

Rohrer will replace his countryman Smith for Antigua Hawksbills, Pakistan opener Shehzad will step in for Marsh for Jamaica Tallawahs, and South African wicketkeeper Jacobs will be coming in for Finch for Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.

Rohrer, who scored 295 runs at a strike-rate of 152.09 in the 2012-13 edition of the Big Bash League, said that he was relishing the prospect of working with Hawksbills coach Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting, who is part of the squad.

Shehzad was part of the Pakistan squad that won the 2009 World Twenty20 and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup. He has scored two domestic T20 centuries and has a strike-rate of 134.23.

"Losing Shaun is a shame but we have got a like-for-like replacement with Ahmed Shehzad who is perfect for the team's balance," Paul Nixon, the Tallawahs coach, said. Nixon also praised Shehzad's "special ability" as a top-order batsman.

"Chris (Gayle) knows him well and we believe that he will be a match-winner who can really make his mark on the world stage. He is a very gifted and classy player and we feel he is the last piece in our jigsaw."

Jacobs, like Shehzad and Rohrer, initially missed out on a spot with one of the six franchises in the draft in June. He captained South African franchise Warriors to their first ever Twenty20 title in 2010-11.

"Davy Jacobs is a proven performer in Twenty20 cricket," Gordon Greenidge, coach of the Red Steel, said. "The fact he can bat anywhere in the top order is great as it provides us with real flexibility and I like the balance of our squad.

"He will add steel to the Red Steel dressing room and bring a winning mentality and vast experience to the squad."

The inaugural Caribbean Premier League starts on July 30 in Barbados and concludes on August 24 in Trinidad.

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  • Harjinder on July 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    good ...I want to see DEVI JECOBS playing....he is the blasting player but Sa never give him a chance in International squad ......he is still batter than half of current South African cricket team ....

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    WICB is putting all the effort to support t20 cricket ,while the first class game continues to languish , i'd be disappointed but i've come to expect this blatant disregard for the test game by the cricket board and even some of the star players like gayle ,pollard and dwayne bravo to name a few ! they claim to be fit for 5 day cricket ,or that they just don't fancy the 5 day ,but look at thier first class records ( gayle apart ) their batting averages are less than flattering to say the least ,and in gayle's case ,it's a clear case of being overrated ,he still refuses to get in line with deliveries that ae nipping back into him ,and is constantly dismissed playing outside the line or too close to his body, when will he learn ,or does he even care ,o well ,another t20 tournament for him and the rest to further inflate his credentials ... smh

  • mijanur on July 4, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Good to see sehzad in cpl. I hope he will make a mark in the cpl, and groom himself a international player. Best of luck bro.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Great job done by cpl authority. really good indeed

  • ju on July 4, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Well said avmd . Ahmed Shehzad is a brilliant opener and I hope he makes the team and cements his plce with good performances.

  • Avais on July 4, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Everyone knows Shehzad is a highly gifted player and the next big thing in Pakistan cricket but somehow Iqbal Qasim and co(selectors) keep preferring Imran "useless: Farhat over him, until now. Now I'll be watching CPL, just because of him.

  • Imran on July 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    that will help him get some experience. good luck boys.

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