South Africa news October 1, 2013

Narine to join Cape Cobras


Sunil Narine, the West Indies offspinner who is currently ranked the world's No. 1 Twenty20 bowler, has signed with the South African franchise, Cape Cobras, for the domestic Twenty20 competition.

Narine will be the frontline spinner in an outfit that will be packed with international stars including Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt, and is no doubt part of their plans to qualify for next year's CLT20. The Cobras last played in the lucrative event two years ago in 2011 and finished at the bottom of the points table last season.

They aim to turn that around this season, by making use of as many high-profile players as possible "Most of our internationals should be available for the twenty-over competition and we asked ourselves the question, who would best complement them? " Paul Adams, Cobras coach said. "Sunil's strength is that you can bring him on to bowl at pressure moments in the innings and he still strikes and keeps the run rate down."

South Africa's domestic twenty-over competition is scheduled to take place between January 8 and February 9. It is a window period in which the national players will be available, especially since their series against India is likely to be curtailed.

India were due to play in South Africa until January 19 but have scheduled a trip to New Zealand which starts on that day. Australia's series in South Africa only begins on February 12 which will ensure the national players can appear in what CSA have promised will be a much higher-profile domestic T20 competition, which they hope will include some big signings.

Graham Onions has been contracted to the Dolphins for the summer and Narine has become the second international name to join a South African side. Narine shot to fame in the 2011 Champions League and has enjoyed big success in two IPL seasons that followed, including a Player-of-the-season performance in in 2012. He was also an integral part of West Indies' World Twenty20 title victory last year, taking nine wickets and conceding only 5.63 runs an over.

Narine is currently playing in the CLT20 in India for his native Trinidad & Tobago, who are awaiting their final group match against Chennai Super Kings on October 2, in order to ascertain whether or not they will progress through to the semi-finals. "I look forward to working with Paul Adams and the guys in the new year. South Africa has one of the toughest leagues in the world, so it will be a big test for me. The Cobras look to have a serious squad of players and hopefully I can contribute," he said.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • abdel on October 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Narine has only played a handful of tests and 2 or 3 was in the Wntery conditions of England,in that series one of the main spinners could not bowl because he complained of cold fingers,it could have been cold feet also,he was Shillingford.He is now given a place in the tour to India and Narine is left out,this could have been a test for Narine even if he wasn't selected for the tests but WI selectors are a vindictive bunch of nobodies,have always been that way inclined.In my opinion Narine needs a long stint in test matches,if you can't read him in ODI and T/20 surely the same applies to tests,he did play a series in Bdesh but we all knew that they made the pitches that were so slow the batsmen made runs at will,the plan was to stop Narine at all costs but there won't be many pitches like that for him to experience again.

  • Vishwaksena on October 2, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Narine & steyn insame side would make life difficult for other teams & surely put this team in to the knockout stages of tournament.However this team would lack the muscle to be a sucessful side in clT20 as steyn,narine are most likely to play for ipl franchises thus converting thier side's strenghth to weakness. If copras are planning to be just suceesful in domestic league its a great signing, if they want to win clT20 they should re-consider their options especially for international signings.

  • o on October 1, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    He's the most wanted T20 player in the world it's amazing when the format started it was called the batsman's game and then end of spinners but I guarantee at the next IPL auction Narine will be the main man the franchises fight over !

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Stay fit , lots of money to be made in T20 Cricket . We the Caribbean people wish you well . Please carry on. Good luck NARINE.

  • Ali on October 1, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    @ StraightHit /

    the WI is not known for great Spinners since Gibbs ?

    The WI just don't play their great spinners in the Test team, but save Warne and Mulitharan ...

    WI spinners are higher quality than spinners who have racked up 100's of Test's for other nations...

    The majority of Indian Test Spinners are not good enough to make the Trinidad & Tobago team ..........

  • Jay on October 1, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @StraightHit: I understand where you are coming from. But seriously, test cricket is GONE ! Nobody likes the format other than the English and to a certain extent the Australians. Nobody has the time to watch 5 days of cricket that is mostly boring and one paced. It isn't until the last day that a test match comes alive, that too when a team is chasing a result. T20 on the other hand may be new, but it's a lot more exciting and competitive. There is always a result guaranteed and even a tied contest is decided by the virtue of a super over. It's also the only format enjoyed by spectators and players alike making it a realistic format to be marketed globally. Sunil Narine is already more than happy to play T20. Test cricket is just like an ageing cricketer, it simply doesn't know when to retire.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    The WICB recently announced a revamping of their regional 50 overs tournament that will run from January 30th - February 16th next year, so he might not be 100% available for this S Africa T20 tournament.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Narine is okay being a T20 specialist , test cricket is dead and no one is interested in the longer version of the game anymore. 1500 years ago people had the time to sit 5 days and wait for a result, but not anymore. Just like religion everything change with time.

  • Steve on October 1, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    With Sunil in such a high demand for T20 franchises all over the world, I hope he won't be lost to test cricket too soon in his career. That said, he deserves all the name and fame he got thus far as he is an exciting spin bowler who can pretty much make the ball talk on any surface. That he is from WI, not known for great spinners since Gibbs makes him even more special. Good luck in SA.

  • Ross on October 1, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Ouch. Good signing Cobras.

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