CPL 2013 news August 15, 2013

Malinga joins Guyana in CPL


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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  • Dummy4 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!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

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

  • Garry 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.

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

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

  • Mohamed 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.

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

    Malinga and Narine in the same team!!!!