Steyn replaces injured Malinga in Jamaica Tallawahs squad for CPL

Steyn replaces injured Malinga in Jamaica Tallawahs squad for CPL

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-04-29 20:30 Barbados: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has replaced injured Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga in the Jamaica Tallawahs squad for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Malinga, who also featured in the Guyana Amazon Warriors attack in 2013, is awaiting further tests on a knee injury which he sustained during the West Indies series back in November 2015. Despite featuring briefly in the Asia Cup, he has been unavailable since then and missed out on the World T20. Reflecting on his inclusion, Steyn said, "It is a great privilege to feature in the CPL for the first time and I am proud and delighted to sign up for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the forthcoming CPL season. The CPL is one of the strongest Twenty20 leagues in the world game and it's a tournament that's on the rise. There are some outstanding world-class players signed up across all six teams and I'm looking forward to playing against some of my great friends and team-mates, amongst them Hashim Amla, AB (de Villiers), Faf (du Plessis), David Miller and Morne (Morkel) this summer. It will certainly add a nice bit of spice to the mix!" "I have seen CPL grow over the last few years and it is always a great experience playing in the Caribbean. The crowds and the atmosphere are always special and the fans really get behind their team. Now that there will also be six games in Central Broward Stadium in Florida, I can't wait to join up with the team in June and stepping out in Tallawahs colours in a full Sabina Park," he added. Describing Steyn as the best fast bowler in the world, Mohammad Khan, General Manager ofJamaica Tallawahs, said they are delighted to have the Proteas player and that he would be an excellent addition to an already solid team. Steyn, who will feature in his inaugural CPL campaign for the Tallawahs, has bagged a total of 58 wickets in 42 T20 appearances he made for his country. He also claimed 168 wickets overall in 166 Twenty20 matches he played in his career. (ANI)