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 Australian batsman Aaron Finch had earlier withdrawn from the squad to lead Australia A on their tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.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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  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I thought they play too much cricket and need some rest

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I thought they play too much cricket and need some rest

  • krishay on August 15, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    It must be noted, this is not the T&T side but rather the T&T franchise!! The T&T players have been split up throughout the other teams. Their individual performances are reflected in the performances of the other teams especially the Barbados based Tridents and the Guyanese Based Warriors who are leading the table at this point in time! It is fantastic news that a GREAT player like Jayawardene can grace the tournament !!!!!!!!! The CPL hopefully will grow from strength to strength!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    trinidad's poor form is because of how depleted the NATIONAL team is... i mean fine and good to test our depth.. but it's ridiculous when you have as many players outside of your team as there are in it!!! and that is what the competition allows... the international players are supposed to make up for the loss of expertise... but that didn't seem to happen here. not knocking the players. they're all exceptional international players. and caribbean conditions do take some getting used to.

    but... i dare to find someone here there or anywhere.. who wouldn't look at the international pool for the other teams.... and not find it befitting our current rank in the points table ... if not lower!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    It is good when comes to retire like Murali. they can play in CPL T20, IPL T20 ,SLPL T20, BPL T20, BIG BASH T20 SAPL T20 AND, AND PPL T57

  • anver777 on August 15, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    All the best in the CPL !!!!! wish you will regain your best possible form during the tournament !!!!

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  • anver777 on August 15, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    All the best in the CPL !!!!! wish you will regain your best possible form during the tournament !!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    It is good when comes to retire like Murali. they can play in CPL T20, IPL T20 ,SLPL T20, BPL T20, BIG BASH T20 SAPL T20 AND, AND PPL T57

  • on August 15, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    trinidad's poor form is because of how depleted the NATIONAL team is... i mean fine and good to test our depth.. but it's ridiculous when you have as many players outside of your team as there are in it!!! and that is what the competition allows... the international players are supposed to make up for the loss of expertise... but that didn't seem to happen here. not knocking the players. they're all exceptional international players. and caribbean conditions do take some getting used to.

    but... i dare to find someone here there or anywhere.. who wouldn't look at the international pool for the other teams.... and not find it befitting our current rank in the points table ... if not lower!

  • krishay on August 15, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    It must be noted, this is not the T&T side but rather the T&T franchise!! The T&T players have been split up throughout the other teams. Their individual performances are reflected in the performances of the other teams especially the Barbados based Tridents and the Guyanese Based Warriors who are leading the table at this point in time! It is fantastic news that a GREAT player like Jayawardene can grace the tournament !!!!!!!!! The CPL hopefully will grow from strength to strength!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I thought they play too much cricket and need some rest

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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!

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:40 GMT

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