Champions Trophy winners join Patriots

Caribbean Premier League

The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have announced replacements to their squad for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League tournament which begins on August 4th.

Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez will replace Australian Ben Cutting. Hafeez was a member of the Pakistan squad that won the Champions Trophy in England in June, making 57 not out as his team beat India by 180 runs in the final at the Oval.

He has played for Pakistan more than 300 times and will bring a huge amount of experience to the Patriots squad.

Cutting has not played any cricket since suffering injury during the Indian Premier League in April and has had to withdraw from the CPL.

Kieran Powell will be replaced by yet another Champions Trophy winner, Pakistani seamer Hasan Ali who claimed 3-19 in that final win over India. Still just 23-years-old, Hasan is one of the most exciting young quicks in world cricket.

Powell will be part of the West Indies Test team that is set to tour England while the CPL is on the go.

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Speaking about these replacements, Chief Executive Officer of the Patriots, Richard Berridge, said: “We have been fortunate to get such high-quality replacements that more than cover those players that we have lost. The Patriots management team feel this is the best squad that we have had going into a Hero CPL season and we are very confident of having a fantastic tournament.”