Interview conducted by: Bimal Mirwani
The St Lucia Stars have brought in the New Zealand duo of Mitchell McClenaghan and Jesse Ryder for the forthcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which begins on August 4.
McClenaghan and Ryder will replace Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga and South Africa batsman David Miller.
Miller is likely to represent South Africa A in their two four-day games against India A, while Malinga is set to feature in Sri Lanka’s upcoming limited overs series against India.
McClenagan is coming off a strong showing with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he took 19 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 26.68.
In regards to his Twenty20 career, McClenaghan has featured in 118 matches and picked up 155 wickets at an average of 22.40.
Ryder, who recently played for Central Districts and the Galaxy Gladiators Lantau at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, has scored 3,136 runs, which includes a century and 22 fifties, in 133 Twenty20s at an average of 26.13.
In an exclusive interview with Batting with Bimal, Ryder admitted that his international career is over, but the 32-year-old has been included in New Zealand’s 12-man squad for the Indoor Cricket World Cup in Dubai in September.
“Both Jesse and Mitchell are world-class players who will bring firepower to the squad in terms of both batting and bowling. We are sure that these new Stars will shine as we work on bringing home our first Hero CPL title,” Manan Pandya, the St Lucia Stars’ Director of Public Relations, said.