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Jacobs drafted in for CPL

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday confirmed that Davy Jacobs, Ben Rohrer and Ahmed Shehzad have been drafted in as replacement players for the forthcoming inaugural tournament.

This announcement comes after three Australia players – Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch – were unable to obtain No Objection Certificates from Cricket Australia. Smith has been drafted in to Australia’s squad for the Ashes series with England, and Finch and Marsh have been selected for the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

South African Jacobs will replace Finch at the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, while Australian Rohrer comes in for Smith at the Antigua Hawksbills and Pakistani Shehzad steps in for Marsh with the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Jacobs is a vastly experienced Twenty20 player who was unlucky to miss out on a spot with one of the six franchises in the draft that took place earlier this month.

The 30 year-old, who captains the Warriors in South African domestic cricket, is capable of batting anywhere in the order and is an extremely capable wicketkeeper too.

He led the Warriors to their first-ever trophies in 2010-11 with a limited-overs double, including the domestic Twenty20 title, and has played for both the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Northamptonshire in English county cricket.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel coach Gordon Greenidge said of the change to his squad: “Davy Jacobs is a proven performer in Twenty20 cricket. He will add steel to the Red Steel dressing room and bring a winning mentality to the squad as well as vast experience. The fact he can bat anywhere in the top order is great as it provides us with real flexibility and I like the balance of our squad.

“We have top-quality internationals like Dwayne Bravo and Ross Taylor, the pace of Fidel Edwards, the exciting hitting power of Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien and two of the best Twenty20 bowlers going around in Kevon Cooper and Samuel Badree. It is a great blend and we cannot wait to get started,” he declared.

Rohrer is a hard-hitting left-hander who made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia against the West Indies in March. He played for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2013 IPL and featured for the Melbourne Renegades in the last Big Bash League.

The Limacol CPL will be a perfect opportunity for Ahmed Shehzad to put himself firmly back in the minds of the Pakistan selectors after he missed out on selection for the ICC Champions Trophy squad.

Still only 21, the right-handed batsman played for his country as recently as March in a T20 international against South Africa. He has played 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is and was part of the Pakistan squads for both the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, with Pakistan winning the latter event.

He has two ODI hundreds, one of which was against the West Indies in St Lucia in 2011, and he also has two T20 hundreds and a superb strike-rate of 134.23 runs per hundred balls.

The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League starts on 30 July in Barbados and concludes on 24 August in Trinidad.


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