Deonarine signs with Red Force
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Out-of-favour Test batsman Narsingh Deonarine has signed on to play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in this year's Professional Cricket League, in a swap deal that will see Nkrumah Bonner heading to Leeward Islands Hurricanes.
The left-handed Deonarine, who scored over 500 runs last season representing Guyana Jaguars, declined a retainer contract with the Georgetown-based outfit and opted to enter the draft where he was selected by Hurricanes.
Deonarine's switch to Red Force was accommodated due to the fact that his wife is Trinidadian and playing for the Port of Spain franchise would allow him to spend more time with his family.
The 32-year-old Deonarine will be a major asset to a Red Force side that struggled in last year's competition and finished one from bottom in the six-team campaign.
He was one of the catalysts behind Jaguars' victory bid, stroking 514 runs at an average of 42 with two centuries. Deonarine can also bowl off spin and took 14 wickets last season.
The PCL is set to bowl off in November.