Caribbean Premier League news August 15, 2013

Jayawardene set to join T&T Red Steel

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka batsman, is set to join the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. He tweeted on Thursday morning that he had received a call-up from the franchise. The Sri Lanka batsman will replace South Africa's Davy Jacobs, who was ruled out following an injury.

Jayawardene is expected to fly out to the Caribbean on Thursday afternoon, ahead of T&T's game against the St Lucia Zouks in Kingston on Saturday. "It's going to be a long trip to get over there, but I am looking forward to meeting up with the guys as soon as possible and hopefully helping us secure a berth in the CPL semi-finals this coming weekend," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I've always loved playing cricket in the Caribbean, so I am really looking forward to a short stint with T&T Red Steel."

He will be the second Sri Lanka player to feature in the CPL, with Muttiah Muralitharan turning out for the Jamaica Tallawahs. Jawayardene joins Ross Taylor and Kevin O'Brien as one of the franchise's overseas players. Australian batsman Aaron Finch had earlier withdrawn from the squad to lead Australia A on their tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

T&T, usually the powerhouse of regional T20 cricket in the Caribbean, suffered a poor start to the franchise-based CPL, losing three consecutive games before producing two wins. With two games to go in the league phase of the tournament, they sit fifth out of six teams on the points table. Their remaining matches are this weekend, against St Lucia - the only team below them on the points table - on Saturday and the Jamaica Tallawahs on Sunday.

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  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    proud of u mahela..... as a word class player

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 16, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    ur one of legend batmen and great caption play CPL,BPL,IPL,BigBash,PPL,EAPL but give ur SL T20 team place to some youngster still i love 2 C ur batting as a Test Player,ODI Player but not as a player in SL T20 team

  • typos on August 16, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Great to have one of the greats on board for us...we might yet qualify for the semis

  • dummy4fb on August 15, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Oh please, the trini's are still complaining how this in not their national team... GET OVER IT!

  • dummy4fb on August 15, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    this is a great player,hope he can steady the brittle batting

  • RobinMama on August 15, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Of course. He'll be the happiest man on earth that Uthura didn't make it up to finals :D. I wonder why Sangakkara hasn't been called up as well for there in Caribbean!

  • dummy4fb on August 15, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Pakistani has always been creative.. 20 - 20 cricket was always part of Ramadan since long time which the entire world has adopted.. Pakistan had first proposed the use of Neutral umpires which the entire world adopted.

    Good Luck.. lets take first step and make others follow....

  • Herath-UK on August 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Won't he be happy Uthura did not qualify for the Saturday Final!! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • CricketChat on August 15, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    T &T Red Steel do need help but I am not sure if Mahela can turn their fortunes at this late stage. On top of that, he also had an indifferent series with the bat against SA recently. However, he is a great fighter and team man to the core, so wishing him all the best.

  • dummy4fb on August 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I thought they play too much cricket and need some rest

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