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CRICKET: Ja Tallawahs coach excited at Shahzad acquisition

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Head coach of Jamaica Tallawahs Paul Nixon says the acquisition of Pakistan’s Ahmad Shahzad as a replacement for Australian batsman Shaun Marsh was a good one.

He says he is looking forward to Shahzad making an impact during the upcoming Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.

According to Nixon, Shahzad, who is a top-order batsman, possesses the ability to make the team better.

Shazad, who has so far scored two one-day international centuries, one of which came against the West Indies in St Lucia in 2011, has a big-hitting batsman reputation.

A member of Pakistan’s squad to the last ICC World Cup, he has so far scored two centuries in 64 Twenty20s for an average of 31.81, and strike rate of134.

Marsh, along with fellow Australians, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch, withdrew from the CPL recently.

Their withdrawal comes in the wake of Smith being drafted into Australia’s squad for the upcoming Ashes series with England, and Finch for Australia A's forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Smith, who was down to represent Antigua Hawbills, is set to be replaced by fellow Australian Ben Rohrer, while Finch’s spot in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel line-up is set to go to South African Davy Jacobs.

Jamaica Tallawahs will bow into action on August 2 against Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence Stadium in Guyana.


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