The Jamaica Tallawahs have called up New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori to replace Muttiah Muralitharan ahead of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League.
He replaces Muralitharan as the Tallawahs' international franchise player and renews a cricketing partnership with Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle from their time with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
If he were available, he might be taking on Gayle and his team-mates when the decisive third Test gets underway in Barbados tomorrow (26th June) but the Royal Challengers coach will be back in action when the CPL gets going on 11th July.
The reigning champions play their first game against the St Lucia Zouks one day later in Grenada before the tournament moves on to Antigua, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, St Lucia, before finishing in St Kitts.
Vettori brings a wealth of experience to the Tallawahs squad from his time as captain of New Zealand, captain and now coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and a player with Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Queensland and Warwickshire.
"It’s a privilege to be able to step in and help the Tallawahs defend their title," Vettori said.
"Having heard so many positive words about the CPL from my fellow cricketers, when the opportunity to come to the Caribbean and play in arguably one of the world’s most flamboyant and exciting T20 competitions came along, I couldn’t turn it down," he added.
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Caribbean Premier League, commented; "Murali certainly leaves big shoes to be filled at the Tallawahs, but we’re confident Daniel has the ability and personality to become a valuable asset for the team.
"He’s immensely popular throughout world cricket and his presence with the Tallawahs will only be a positive for his new teammates and the Biggest Party in Sport."
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