Caribbean Premier League 2014 June 25, 2014

Vettori joins Jamaica Tallawahs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will join the Jamaica Tallawahs squad for the 2014 season of the Caribbean Premier League as a replacement for Muttiah Muralitharan, who is unavailable for the tournament.

Vettori's most recent Twenty20 assignment was with Brisbane Heat in the 2014 Big Bash League, and he was also the coach of the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore this season. He has not played a T20 international since September 2012.

"It's a privilege to be able to step in and help the Tallawahs defend their title," Vettori said. "Having heard so many positive words about the CPL from my fellow cricketers, when the opportunity to come to the Caribbean and play in arguably one of the world's most flamboyant and exciting T20 competitions came along, I couldn't turn it down."

The CPL begins on July 11 and the Tallawahs play their first match the next day, against St Lucia Zouks.

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  • Steve on June 26, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Vettori is a coach now! Has he bowled anywhere of late? If he does perform well in CPL, may be he can play for NZ T20s.

  • jared on June 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    im a big sohdi fan but how good would it be to have vettori in this current nz test team, probably not going to see him in the test side anymore which would be a shame, probably a world cup swan song for one of our greats and then deserves all the riches thrown at him from what ever t20 leagues want him, which will be all of them.

  • Android on June 26, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    @512FM Given the way he has served New Zealand from 1997 and specially from 2007 to 2011, I'll let a 50 year old Dan Vettori walk into a No. 1 Ranked NZ side without a second thought.

  • Phil on June 26, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @desiboy - he has struggled with injuries for a few years now. It is a shame because Nz finally have wicket taking bowlers and batsmen posting totals. Vettori would have a lot to contribute to our present test team because of his ability to tie up an end and his valuable lower order runs. Watling and Vettori at seven and eight would be ideal.

  • Pete on June 26, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    New Zealand has never planned, and has no plans to plan, desiboy. Leave planning for the T20 franchises - perhaps he can be Jamaica's playing planner?

  • Freeza on June 26, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    @desiboy He pretty much just doesn't want to which is a shame. He'll probably be allowed to walk straight back in when the world cup comes around though.

  • Pranav on June 25, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    What is going on with Vettori? Why doesn't he plan for New Zealand??

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