Steyn, de Villiers, Parnell exit CPLT20 due to Cricket SA 'contractual obligation'
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents and were yesterday dealt a blow in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign, when Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Wayne Parnell were forced out of the tournament because of Cricket South Africa commitments.
Organisers said the 32-year-old de Villiers, along with Tridents teammate Parnell and fast bowler Steyn of Jamaica Tallawahs, had been "recalled by Cricket South Africa to fulfil a contractual obligation to attend the annual Cricket South Africa/South African Cricketers Association awards ceremony which takes place in Johannesburg".
De Villiers and Parnell will be replaced by Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad and Proteas fast bowler Marchant de Lange, while Tallawahs have called up another South African, Dane Paterson, for the departing Steyn.
Shehzad, a right-handed opener who has played 140 Twenty20s, will join Tridents in time for their game tomorrow against Tallawahs at Sabina Park, while de Lange will be available from the start of the St Lucia leg on Thursday.
Paterson, meanwhile, will also join the Tallawahs ahead of the St Lucia leg.
De Villiers has been an invaluable member of the Tridents side, gathering 234 runs from five outings, at an average of 58 with two half-centuries.
With his form, Tridents are currently third in the standings on seven points, two adrift of second-placed Tallawahs and three behind leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors.
De Villiers, South Africa's Test captain, was picked up in the CPL draft last February for US$130,000.
Meanwhile, a sensational half century from promising Nicholas Pooran gave Barbados Tridents a kick-start and set the stage for their 25-run win over St Lucia Zouks in Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday night.
Pooran hammered a career best 81 from 39 balls as Tridents surged to 173 for five, before a team effort stemmed the run chase and restricted Zouks to 148 for eight when the overs ran out.
The 20-year-old Pooran impressed the Kensington Oval crowd with nine fours and four sixes, while dominating two partnerships with two of the world's leading cricket superstars - de Villiers, who chimed in with 32 from 22 balls and Kieron Pollard.
Pooran, who missed last year's CPL as a result of a leg injury sustained from a car crash, survived two chances when he was dropped on 58 and then on 80.
Former West Indies pacer, Jerome Taylor, making his season debut as a replacement player, was the best bowler for Zouks, finishing with two wickets for 27 runs, including the scalp of de Villiers who cleared the ropes a ball before his demise.
Andre Fletcher top-scored for the Zouks with 20, captain Darren Sammy and Kyle Mayers each scored 18, while Hussey scored 17 and Taylor was unbeaten on 17 after an entertaining cameo that included a four and a six.
Ravi Rampaul and Wayne Parnell led the attack that curbed the Zouks' chase, taking two for 22 and two for 27, respectively.