Daniel Vettori © Getty Images
Daniel Vettori © Getty Images

 

Kingston, Jamaica: Jun 25, 2014

 

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori was on Wednesday announced as the replacement of Muttiah Muralitharan by Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team Jamaica Tallawahs’ international franchise player. Muralitharan will not be available for the tournament, a press release informed.

 

Vettori, who played alongside Jamaican batting star Chris Gayle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) a couple of seasons ago, will be teaming up with the explosive batsman once again.

 

Vettori said: “It’s a privilege to be able to step in and help the Tallawahs defend their title. Having heard so many positive words about the CPL from my fellow cricketers, when the opportunity to come to the Caribbean and play in arguably one of the world’s most flamboyant and exciting T20 competitions came along, I couldn’t turn it down.”

 

The chief executive officer of the T20 league, Damien O’Donohoe, said, “Murali certainly leaves big shoes to be filled at the Tallawahs, but we’re confident Daniel has the ability and personality to become a valuable asset for the team. He’s immensely popular throughout world cricket and his presence with the Tallawahs will only be a positive for his new teammates.”

 

The tournament’s second edition kicks off on July 11, with Guyana Amazon Warriors taking on the Antigua Hawksbills at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada in the opening game of the tournament. Jamaica Tallawahs’ first match is against St Lucia Zouks on the next day.