Shivnarine Chanderpaul replaced by Luke Pomersbach for CPL

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Pomersbach is excited to be playing in the inaugural edition of the CPL

In a turn for the worst, the Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) St Lucia Zouks franchise have lost veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul due to his contractual obligations with Derbyshire and will get Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach as a result.

Chanderpaul agreed to play in the inaugural edition of the CPL, but later realised that his contract with Derbyshire only permits him to leave the English county side if he is selected to represent the West Indies.

“I am extremely sorry that I will not be able to participate in the CPL because of contractual obligations,” Chanderpaul said. “I would definitely like to make myself available for the next edition, and will have my contracts carry a clause that will permit me to play in future editions of T20 tournaments.”

Pomersbach is over the moon to be a part of the inaugural edition of the tournament and is gearing up to play alongside and against some of the “greatest T20 cricketers in the world”.

“It will be great to be a part of the first CPL and I am looking forward to some tough competitive cricket with some of the greatest T20 cricketers in the world,” Pomersbach said.

Pomersbach has played 48 Twenty20s and has scored 1,078 runs, which include a century and four half-centuries.

Pomersbach has also represented the Brisbane Heat in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) and the Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Besides Pomersbach, the Zouks also boast other international stars such as West Indies Test captain Darren Sammy, Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel, Tino Best and Tamim Iqbal.

Former West Indies pace bowler Andy Roberts has been named as the coach of the franchise.

The CPL is scheduled to get underway on July 30 with the St Lucia Zouks taking on the Barbados Tridents.

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