ST. JOHN’S — Three of the world’s leading Twenty20 players, the Sri Lanka duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga, along with former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, are coming to play in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, organisers have confirmed.
Batsman Jayawardene, who sits in tenth place in the list of all-time run-scorers in Twenty20 cricket, is stepping in for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in place of South African Davy Jacobs, ruled out with an injury to his right ankle.
Fast bowler Malinga, second in the list of all-time wicket-takers in the shortest form of the game, replaces Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, with Hafeez set to join his country’s upcoming Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe. Malinga once took four wickets in four balls for Sri Lanka against South Africa in 2007’s ICC Cricket World Cup in Guyana.
Like Hafeez, Umar Akmal of the Barbados Tridents is also heading to Zimbabwe with his national team, which has created the opportunity for Mahmood, currently fourth in that list of all-time Twenty20 wicket-takers.
In another change, Orlando Peters has also been confirmed as the replacement for South Africa all-rounder Justin Kemp for the Antigua Hawksbills with Kemp side lined with an injury to his right gluteal muscle.
Commenting on his impending LCPL debut, Jayawardene said: “I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket in the Caribbean, so I am really looking forward to this short stint with T&T Red Steel.
“We have got a really talented young team and I hope I can help us first get into the semi-finals and then go on and challenge for the title.