CPL 2013 news August 15, 2013

Malinga joins Guyana in CPL

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Lasith Malinga has joined the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the last stage of the Caribbean Premier League. Malinga will replace Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, who will leave after the league stages to play for Pakistan on their Zimbabwe tour, which starts on August 23.

The Barbados Tridents have also made a change to their squad, signing Azhar Mahmood to replace Umar Akmal. The allrounder is a sought-after player in most major domestic T20 leagues around the world. He is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket, with 213 wickets from 188 games, behind Alfonso Thomas, Malinga and Dirk Nannes.

Malinga, one of the most lethal fast bowlers in the shorter formats, is the third Sri Lankan to play in the CPL. Muttiah Muralitharan is part of the Jamaica Tallawahs while Mahela Jaywardene is set to join the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel from Thursday. Malinga will be the fourth overseas player for Guyana, who had earlier signed the New Zealand pair of Martin Guptill and James Franklin along with Hafeez in the original squad.

The Antigua Hawksbills have confirmed Orlando Peters as a replacement for injured South Africa batsman Justin Kemp. Kemp was ruled out after suffering an injury to his right gluteal muscle.

The contest for the top four places will intensify as the CPL enters its last week. Guyana play Jamaica in an away match at Sabina Park in the first of the two matches on Thursday. They have won three of their five matches so far and are second on the points table behind leaders Barbados, who have played an extra game. In the second match, Antigua Hawksbills, placed fourth in the league, will take on St Lucia Zouks.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 17, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    With Manlinga added to the Guyana team it would be a difficult team to beat.Santoke and Narine already creating big problems for the batsmem for the other teams.Frinklin and Guptel semms well settled. Guyana seems to have the best team

  • on August 21, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    rite now we need a good bats man like kholi or dhoni we are focusing too much on bowling and not enough on our batting!!!!!!!!

  • on August 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Would much rather keep Hafeez. He was great. Guyana bowlers are solid already with Santokie, Narine, Permauk and Jacobs. They need to replace an all rounder with an all rounder.

  • on August 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    The Franchise holders of Guyana team should replace the tried, tested and failed West Indies Selectors. You wanna win invest big, choose the right people. Go Guyana.

    It so fortunate to watch Santokie bowling in this tournament and it's so sad to know that the gems of WI cricket with heart and guts don't get to play.

    People like Santokie, Cotterell nd best might not be front line bowlers but they will rather die on the pitch before giving up.

  • on August 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    money money money moooneey.!!!!! thats how mpney talks.

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    As if Guyana needed another death bowler Santoki plus Malinga, aye caramba!

  • StevieS on August 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Guyana seriously need a good alrounder, the top 3 of Guyana are good but as we have seen over the last few matches once they are out it all goes to custard.

  • RobinMama on August 16, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    I still wonder why Sangakkara hasn't been signed up the agreements. Should happen sooner than later.

  • nafzak on August 16, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    hey JoshFromJamRock... Malinga will be replacing Hafeez. Still, they seem to have one of the best bowling attacks for T20.

  • typos on August 16, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Malinga and Narine in the same team!!!!

  • on August 17, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    With Manlinga added to the Guyana team it would be a difficult team to beat.Santoke and Narine already creating big problems for the batsmem for the other teams.Frinklin and Guptel semms well settled. Guyana seems to have the best team

  • on August 21, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    rite now we need a good bats man like kholi or dhoni we are focusing too much on bowling and not enough on our batting!!!!!!!!

  • on August 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Would much rather keep Hafeez. He was great. Guyana bowlers are solid already with Santokie, Narine, Permauk and Jacobs. They need to replace an all rounder with an all rounder.

  • on August 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    The Franchise holders of Guyana team should replace the tried, tested and failed West Indies Selectors. You wanna win invest big, choose the right people. Go Guyana.

    It so fortunate to watch Santokie bowling in this tournament and it's so sad to know that the gems of WI cricket with heart and guts don't get to play.

    People like Santokie, Cotterell nd best might not be front line bowlers but they will rather die on the pitch before giving up.

  • on August 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    money money money moooneey.!!!!! thats how mpney talks.

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    As if Guyana needed another death bowler Santoki plus Malinga, aye caramba!

  • StevieS on August 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Guyana seriously need a good alrounder, the top 3 of Guyana are good but as we have seen over the last few matches once they are out it all goes to custard.

  • RobinMama on August 16, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    I still wonder why Sangakkara hasn't been signed up the agreements. Should happen sooner than later.

  • nafzak on August 16, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    hey JoshFromJamRock... Malinga will be replacing Hafeez. Still, they seem to have one of the best bowling attacks for T20.

  • typos on August 16, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Malinga and Narine in the same team!!!!

  • on August 16, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Jamaica Tallawah needs batting depth and a good fast bowler.

  • Cricfacts on August 16, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Malinga, Narine and Santokie would be one hell of an attack..

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 16, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    I really like this tournament...it will help WI cricket a lot...the left-handed bowling variety they need badly can be found in left-arm seamers Santokie and Cotterell, and left-arm spinners in Permaul and Miller. One reason why Pakistan has such a good bowling is because they have EVERY type of bowler cricket has to offer except the left-arm chinaman.

    On this signing, Warriors have just sealed the tournament. Malinga and Santokie = 8 tight overs = wickets = wins = trophy. Not to mention NARINE and Hafeez who are just the tip of the ice berg. Thats 16 economical overs with Permaul and Jacobs who can do a decent job. Any T20 team with the 4 first guyz will win alot Hope IPL does something with them.

  • darren_1146 on August 15, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    The addition of these players would be a good boost for the CPL, and also make for some interesting team selections. The Red Steel may have the greatest headache in this regard with the likes of O'Brien, Taylor and Jacobs already with the team. Barath, and both Bravos have scored valuable runs in the team's recent victories so it would be interesting to see where Mahela fits in. Nonetheless, I feel that the team's real concern should be with their death bowling.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I was thinking other day Santokie is like a left armed Malinga with his swinging yorkers now with Malinga Guyana will have them both as well as Narine, that is one deadly trio of T20 bowlers !

  • nafzak on August 15, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    I guess the overseas players will make the matches more appealing to a wider audience. Too bad that the matches are not scheduled in off season (is there one anymore?) like the IPL. This begs the question - which team would a player like Gayle represent if his IPL, Big Bash League team and CPL teams all win, in the champion tournament or whatever its called? I would also prefer to see Bishoo get a real chance instead of being relegated as a back-up on another team. He should be playing for Guyana and Narine for T&T. Too much shifting around to make certain teams more competative.l

  • Lalindra2012 on August 15, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Won't be surprised if Kumar Sangakkara also join the CPL in the near future..!

  • on August 15, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Nice. Let's go Amazon Warriors!

  • Desihungama on August 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Having Mehmood in your team is always an added incentive.

  • on August 15, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    these lankan players are joining too late. cpl ends on the 24th. they wont play muh games. However, it is going to be interesting to watch how they will have an impact on their teams and the tournament. I know players like marlon samuels can play malinga , but many players might not pick up his slinging action. I think Jayawardene will have a good tournament and will prove useful to red steel

  • on August 15, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    these lankan players are joining too late. cpl ends on the 24th. they wont play muh games. However, it is going to be interesting to watch how they will have an impact on their teams and the tournament. I know players like marlon samuels can play malinga , but many players might not pick up his slinging action. I think Jayawardene will have a good tournament and will prove useful to red steel

  • Desihungama on August 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Having Mehmood in your team is always an added incentive.

  • on August 15, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Nice. Let's go Amazon Warriors!

  • Lalindra2012 on August 15, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Won't be surprised if Kumar Sangakkara also join the CPL in the near future..!

  • nafzak on August 15, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    I guess the overseas players will make the matches more appealing to a wider audience. Too bad that the matches are not scheduled in off season (is there one anymore?) like the IPL. This begs the question - which team would a player like Gayle represent if his IPL, Big Bash League team and CPL teams all win, in the champion tournament or whatever its called? I would also prefer to see Bishoo get a real chance instead of being relegated as a back-up on another team. He should be playing for Guyana and Narine for T&T. Too much shifting around to make certain teams more competative.l

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I was thinking other day Santokie is like a left armed Malinga with his swinging yorkers now with Malinga Guyana will have them both as well as Narine, that is one deadly trio of T20 bowlers !

  • darren_1146 on August 15, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    The addition of these players would be a good boost for the CPL, and also make for some interesting team selections. The Red Steel may have the greatest headache in this regard with the likes of O'Brien, Taylor and Jacobs already with the team. Barath, and both Bravos have scored valuable runs in the team's recent victories so it would be interesting to see where Mahela fits in. Nonetheless, I feel that the team's real concern should be with their death bowling.

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 16, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    I really like this tournament...it will help WI cricket a lot...the left-handed bowling variety they need badly can be found in left-arm seamers Santokie and Cotterell, and left-arm spinners in Permaul and Miller. One reason why Pakistan has such a good bowling is because they have EVERY type of bowler cricket has to offer except the left-arm chinaman.

    On this signing, Warriors have just sealed the tournament. Malinga and Santokie = 8 tight overs = wickets = wins = trophy. Not to mention NARINE and Hafeez who are just the tip of the ice berg. Thats 16 economical overs with Permaul and Jacobs who can do a decent job. Any T20 team with the 4 first guyz will win alot Hope IPL does something with them.

  • Cricfacts on August 16, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Malinga, Narine and Santokie would be one hell of an attack..

  • on August 16, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Jamaica Tallawah needs batting depth and a good fast bowler.