Jamaican pace bowler Andrew Richardson is the latest player to be added to the Limacol Caribbean Premier League after being called up to replace injured Jamaica Tallawahs seamer Ravi Rampaul.
Rampaul sustained an injury during the recently concluded Celkon Mobile Tri-Nation series between West Indies, India and Sri Lanka, which has ruled him out of the inaugural LCPL T20 Tournament. This opened up a spot for Richardson who has done well for Jamaica in regional tournaments since he made his first class debut in 2002, and is on the cusp of 200 first class wickets.
Despite only playing one T20 game against Ireland at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium three years ago, the University of Technology Jamaica student says he is unfazed by the fact that he does not have a lot of T20 experience.
“I’m not worried about that because over the years I have been playing consistent first class cricket both in the longer four-day version and I’ve had some very good one-day seasons,” said Richardson.
“I’ve also played a lot of non-first class Twenty20 cricket in Jamaica and for Jamaica so I know my ability and I will contribute to the Jamaica Tallawahs when the time comes for me to play.”
The former West Indies youth and West Indies B player, who toured England four years ago with the Windies senior team, has been consistent for Jamaica over the last 12 years.
Now, the 31-year-old says he is excited at the prospects of playing in the CPL, which bowls off tomorrow at Kensington Oval and wraps up in Trinidad and Tobago on August 24.
“I’m happy to be in the Jamaica Tallawahs team and once I’m given the opportunity, I will go out there and do my best and hope I can contribute positively to my team.”
Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Junior Bennett said Richardson was a fitting replacement for Ravi Rampaul.
“It is unfortunate that Ravi was ruled out by the doctors who advised us that he won’t be available for the preliminary round of the LCPL. He is very talented and experienced but I think Andrew Richardson is a good replacement and will come in and give his best.”
Richardson has already had a taste of the Tallawahs camp, playing in their first practice game recently and Bennett said the tall pacer gave a good account of himself.
“He did well in our practice game and despite not playing a lot of T20 cricket for Jamaica, he was always amongst the reserves and has played with the guys so he should fit in and do well.”
The Tallawahs leave Jamaica tomorrow for Guyana where they will face Amazon Warriors on August 2 at Providence Stadium in their first match.