St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have signed the Pakistani duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Ali for the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League, the franchise confirmed on Wednesday (July 26). They will replace Ben Cutting and Kieran Powell.
Ali’s stock has risen considerably after his performances in the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom last month. He ended as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and was instrumental in Pakistan clinching the title.
Seasoned campaigner Hafeez has already had a stint in the CPL for Guyana Amazon Warriors. Hasan, though, will be playing for the first time in the tournament which was launched in 2013.
Richard Berridge, the chief executive officer of the franchise, was understandably pleased with the new signings. “We have been fortunate to get such high-quality replacements that more than cover those players that we have lost. The Patriots management team feel this is the best squad that we have had going into a Hero CPL season and we are very confident of having a fantastic tournament,” he said.
Meanwhile, Guyana Amazon Warriors have signed Babar Azam as the replacement for Australian batsman Chris Lynn, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury. “We are hugely disappointed to lose the talent of Chris Lynn to shoulder injury, he was the leading scorer last year and we were happy to have him back,” Warriors head coach Roger Harper said. “However, we are extremely delighted in getting a world-class replacement in Babar Azam. He is one of the most exciting batsmen in the world and we are sure that he will be a huge success for us at Hero CPL 2017.”
The tournament will start on August 4 with St Lucia Stars taking on Trinbago Knight Riders with the final scheduled to be played on September 9.
* Updated on July 27, 11.20 PM IST