CPL 2018: Tallawahs secure De Grandhomme as Wasim replacement

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Colin De Grandhomme (BCCI image)

New Zealand all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme will dawn the Jamaica Tallawahs colours after he was named as a replacement for Pakistan’s Imad Wasim for the remainder of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Wasim, the Pakistani spinning all-rounder and a key member of the franchise over the past few seasons, will be returning home as he prepares for the national team’s training camp ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup.

Imad Wasim celebrates with his skipper Chris Gayle after scoring a wicket (ESPNcricinfo image)

De Grandhomme has played 10 Tests, 19 ODIs and 19 T20 Internationals for his country and has had recent successful T20 stints playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. The burly Zimbabwe-born player will enter the CPL for the first time with some decent form under his belt having represented the Birmingham Bears in the on-going Vitality T20 Blast.

A powerful striker of the ball in the middle-order, the Kiwi notched up good scores of 63*, 49*, 38* and 31 while his experience playing all formats of cricket on the international arena could add an invaluable boost to the Tallawahs as they seek to make strides going forward following a mixed run playing in Florida.

The Tallawahs meanwhile are currently third in the Hero CPL table having won three of their five matches so far in the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, the top four teams at the end of the group stage will make it into the knockout phase of the tournament.

The Playoffs will be at Providence Stadium in Guyana for the first time and sellout crowds are expected so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The matches will take place on Tuesday 11 September and Wednesday 12 September as the six team Franchise tournament approaches its dramatic conclusion.

Fans wanting to buy tickets for these fixtures can do so at www.cplt20.com and at the ticket office which is located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.

Tickets are also on sale at Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown, New Amsterdam and at Imam Bacchus and Sons General Store at Affiance Essequibo Coast.

The CPL final will be taking place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on 16 September.

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