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A large number of foreign players, especially from the West Indies, have decided to sign up for different franchises in the upcoming edition of South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
It has been announced that West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has signed with the Sunfoil Dolphins, all-rounder Kieron Pollard with the Cape Cobras, opening batsman Chris Gayle with the Highveld Lions, Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy with the Unlimited Titans, all-rounder Andre Russell with the Chevrolet Knights and England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter with the Chevrolet Warriors.
Cricket South Africa also revealed that Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara was set to feature in the tournament, but had to pull out at the last minute due to the national team’s limited overs tour of India.
“I am delighted to announce that our franchises have recruited some of the world’s best T20 players,” Ram Slam tournament director Graeme Smith said. “In my discussions with all the superstars, it has been satisfying to note their eagerness to play in the Ram Slam as they regard South Africa as one of the best cricket leagues in the world.”
Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat added: “We are determined to raise the standard and profile of our domestic cricket and there is no doubt that these top-class international players will entertain our fans over the next six weeks. With our [South Africa] stars coming into the competition during the latter stages when they return from Australia, the Ram Slam will be a competition to follow keenly.”