Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 20th 2015 Contents He ended his One-Day International (ODI) career
with 11,579 runs in 328 matches, including 17 centuries
at an average of 44.
CPL s Director of Cricket Tom Moody said the player s
presence in the tournament would be a huge asset.
"The addition of these cricketing greats to the roster
for CPL 2015 is testament to the growing success of
the Biggest Party in Sport which has grown significantly
since its inaugural year," Moody said.
"And, with players of this calibre getting on board,
CPL is offering young Caribbean cricketers a great
opportunity to test their skills against some of the best
of their generation."
Kallis finished with 292 wickets in Test matches, in
addition to his 273 scalps in ODIs.
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Outstanding South Africa all-rounder
Jacques Kallis who announced his retirement
from international cricket last July will con-
tinue to play T20 cricket at the franchise
level. He will continue to represent Sydney
Thunder in Australia s Big Bash League
(BBL) but more importantly will represent
the T&T Red Steel in this year s CPL
Kallis has ended his playing career in the
IPL, with him having been announced as
KKR s mentor and batting consultant for the
2015 season which ended recently.
"I have really enjoyed playing in the
Caribbean with the Proteas and am looking
forward to returning for the CPL," Kallis said.
"It is an amazing place with amazing people
and I am excited to see what team I will be
playing for. CPL has produced some fantastic
cricket and the fans really bring a special
atmosphere so I can t wait to be a part of it."
Kallis is the contemporary game s most
prolific all-rounder. He amassed 13,289 runs
in 166 Tests with 45 centuries at an average
of 55, allowing him to top South Africa s all-
time list and sit third in the international
aggregates behind India s Sachin Tendulkar
and Australia s Ponting.
Chance to rejuvenate
career for Akmal
Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal
says he is thrilled to play with the Bravo brothers
(Dwayne and Darren) in the T&T Red Steel outfit,
and is also hoping that the Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) can help rejuvenate his international career.
Akmal is among many Pakistani players who will
feature in the CPL this season and the aggressive right-
hander says he is happy for the opportunity to play
alongside some of the world s best players.
"I am excited to play with all my teammates, but
I am most excited to play with Jacques Kallis, the Bravo
brothers and Johan Botha. They all are super talent-
Akmal said: "My first goal is to perform for my T&T
team and to get them into the final with my perform-
ance. If it goes great then obviously the selectors will
take a look at me to make my come back." Akmal has
not represented Pakistan in more than a year.
Akmal, 33, says he is willing to pass on his knowledge
to some of his less experienced players. "I am an expe-
rienced player but I still believe that I am in a learning
process. I will motivate them and teach them how to
perform according to their abilities in crunch situations.
Also, I will give them confidence and try to help them
to be mentally strong in pressure and tough situations
and how to take a match close to victory as I have
learnt from my seniors like the great legendary players
such as Inzamam-ul-Haq."
The CPL will feature other Pakistan players such as
Akmal s brother Umar, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.
"A lot of Pakistani players played last season. They
told me that It was just awesome and a great experience
as all cricketers share the same dressing room and
share their experiences. It is also closely watched in
Pakistan and people over here enjoyed last season."
The Pakistan wicketkeeper says playing cricket in
the Caribbean has always been memorable. "I am pas-
sionate about cricket wherever it is. But what I like
about the CPL is the people really enjoy cricket over
there and they support and cheer all the players. I have
been there with my national team so many times and
enjoyed on the field and off the field moments, such
as visiting the beaches." The CPL will bowl off on June
20, but the T&T Red Steel will play its first match
against St Lucia Zouks at the Beausejour Cricket Ground
in St Lucia on Sunday.
Kamran Akmal...thrilled to play with the Bravo
Can't wait to play in the CPL
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