Poor eyesight is not something often levelled at a player who has scored 10,830 Test runs, but Shiv Chanderpaul could have done with reading the small print in thecontract he signed to play for Derbyshire County Cricket Club a little better. After committing to play in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League he’s since realised that his deal with the English county only allowed release if called upon by his national side.
“I am extremely sorry that I will not be able to participate in the CPL because of contractual obligations,” said Chanderpaul. “I would definitely like to make myself available for the next edition, and will have my contracts carry a clause that will permit me to play in future editions of T20 tournaments.”
His inability to join the St Lucia franchise has however opened the door for Aussie batsman Luke Pomersbach to replace him.
“It is unfortunate that Chanderpaul is unable to be a part of the St Lucia Zouks,” commented St Lucia’s Head Coach Andy Roberts. “His experience would have added some stability to the team, and of course he is loved and respected by fans around the world. We wish him all the best this season with Derbyshire and hope to see him in the draft again next year. We are pleased with Pomersbach as a replacement option. He is a competent middle order batsman, and we believe that he will serve our team well.”
Pomersbach was in the group of Elite Pool A players alongside Chanderpaul, and the only batsman remaining in that pool.
“I am excited about this new opportunity and really looking forward to playing in the Caribbean for St. Lucia,” Pomersbach commented. “It will be great to be a part of this first CPL and I am looking forward to some tough competitive cricket with some of the greatest T20 cricketers in the world.”
Pomersbach’s selection is in line with the rules of the draft and does not put the St Lucia team at any disadvantage.
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