de Villiers joins Barbados Tridents
AB de Villiers has signed to play for Barbados Tridents in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League.
The South African Test and ODI captain will not miss any Proteas matches and remains committed to representing South Africa in all forms of the game.
De Villiers said: “Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am honoured to have been invited to join the Tridents. The CPL has been growing each year, and I’m pleased that this year the league fits so neatly within the Proteas’ international schedule.
“Dr Vijay Mallya, Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore, my team in the Indian Premier League, has recently secured an interest in the Tridents and I am very much looking forward to joining forces with him in another part of the world.
“I’ve had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months. For players in my position, it is important to find a balance between playing international cricket and participating in the various T20 leagues around the world.
“I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well; in contrast, for example, I have declined offers to play in the Big Bash League in Australia because it clashes with our home series against Sri Lanka.”
They have also added Raymon Reifer to the team. Reifer torched Barbados teams in various competitions last season and it will be a relief to be able to rely on his bat.
However, Tridents have lost hard-hitting opening batsman Dwayne Smith and reliable bowler Rayad Emrit to Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jonathan Carter to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. West Indies Test captain Jason Holder is also unavailable as India will be touring the Caribbean at that time.
Meanwhile, the oher five marquee players were distributed among the other franchises – Faf du Plessis (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Martin Guptill (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders), Kumar Sangakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs) and Shane Watson (Zouks). (PR/SAT)