The St. Lucia Zouks have been dealt a blow ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign as Keron Cottoy has been ruled out due to a knee injury.
Left-arm spinner Kristopher Ramsaran, who was due to join the squad after Denesh Ramdin’s West Indies Test commitments resume in July, will now link up with coach Stuart Williams’ squad with immediate effect.
Wicket-keeper Ramdin’s place will then be taken by Barbados-born fast bowler Miguel Cummins, who has played one ODI to date for the West Indies (against Ireland, in February 2014). The 25-year-old, who has 116 first-class wickets to his name in 41 games, has previously featured in the CPL for both the Antigua Hawksbills and Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel).
The Zouks will take on four opponents in a combination of day and night time games in a big month for the island with the hugely popular Lucian Carnival set to attract big numbers to the island once more.
The opening match against the Patriots is sure to attract a large following and is one not to be missed as it will mark the launch of the newly re-named 12,400 capacity Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, previously known as the Beauséjour Stadium. Fans will also get to be a part of history for the opening of the newly-renamed Johnson Charles Stand.
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St. Lucia Zouks Home Fixtures (all times local): 21 July – St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots (6pm), 23 July – Barbados Tridents (12 Midday), 24 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors (5pm), 26 July – Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm)
St. Lucia Zouks: David Miller, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy (captain), Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Denesh Ramdin (to be replaced by Miguel Cummins after 11 July), Derone Davis, Eddie Leie, Kristopher Ramsaran, Shane Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar, Gidron Pope (cplt20.c0m)