St. Lucia Zouks fast bowler Morne Morkel is relishing the prospect of being a part of the fourth edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and is excited about lining up with and against some of the biggest stars in world cricket.
Experienced pace-man Morkel, who has claimed 45 wickets in 39 T20 internationals to date for South Africa, believes that this could be the Zouks’ year to progress as Darren Sammy’s men bid to win the coveted title for the first time. The 31-year-old is one of the most respected fast bowlers on the international scene and to date has played 71 Test matches and 106 One-Day Internationals for the Proteas.
In an exclusive interview with CPLT20 Morkel said: “I’m very excited. It’s going to be my first time playing in the Caribbean for the Zouks, so I’m super excited because we have a fantastic team. To share a dressing-room with Shane Watson and Mike Hussey will be incredible. From what I’ve seen on television it looks like a fantastic tournament to be a part of and I can’t wait to get there. I think this year is the year for the Zouks and hopefully we can go all the way and win the trophy.”
Tickets for all CPL fixtures in the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale are on sale now from www.cplt20.com.
The Zouks will have four home fixtures in Gros Islet, St. Lucia. The opening match against the Patriots on Thursday July 21 at 18:00 hrs, 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, 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. The second home match is on Saturday July 23 against the 2014 champions the Barbados Tridents at 12:00 Hrs. The next day the Zouks will host the Guyana Amazon Warriors from 17:00 Hrs and will end their home campaign against the Trinbaog Knight Riders on Tuesday July 26 from 18:00 Hrs.
CPl 2016 opens on June 29 in Trinidad and Tobago with defending champions the Trinbago Knight Riders hosting the St. Lucia Zouks from 20:00 Hrs at the Queen’s Park Oval. (CPLT20.COM)