CPL 2019: Mohammed Hafeez replaces Rassie van der Dussen at St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Mohammad Hafeez is headed back to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. ©

Veteran Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been roped in as replacement for South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen ahead of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

The development has come on account of van der Dussen’s international commitments, which have rendered him as unavailable for the CPL which runs from September 4 to October 12.

Patriots have signed Hafeez in his place. Hafeez earlier played for the franchise in the 2017 CPL season, when he made 120 runs and took seven wickets.

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“I really enjoyed my time with the Patriots in 2017 and was very pleased to be asked to join them for the 2019 season,” said Hafeez. “The CPL is a competition which has got better every single year and it is great to be involved again after a season off. The Patriots have a really strong squad this year and I am really looking forward to joining up with the rest of the boys.”

Hafeez, who will turn 39 in October, brings to Patriots the experience of 258 career T20 games from which he has scored 5413 runs and taken 162 wickets.

Robin Singh, the Patriots’s Director of Cricket, said of Hafeez’ signing: “We are delighted to have someone with so much experience in T20 cricket joining our squad for the 2019 season. Hafeez is a fantastic player who has had experience of cricket all over the world. We are certain that he will be a huge success at this year’s event, and we are really looking forward to him joining us at our training camp ahead of the competition.”