De Grandhomme, Delport and Viljoen amongst changes to St Lucia Zouks squad.

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The St Lucia Zouks have announced a number changes to their playing roster for the upcoming season.

Lasith Malinga will be replaced by Krishmar Santokie for the first 2 games and by Colin de Grandhomme for the remaining matches. Santokie has significant CPL experience, having played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in previous seasons. Santokie has 80 CPL wickets, the second highest by any bowler.

De Grandhomme was a member of the New Zealand squad that made it to the final of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup in England. Having scored 2873 runs and taken 65 wickets in his 178 T20 appearances he brings a huge amount of experience to the Zouks squad.

Thisara Perera and Niroshan Dickwella have international commitments. Perera will miss the first two games and will be replaced by Afghanistan international Najibullah Zadran for those matches.

Dickwella will miss the whole tournament. He will be replaced by Cameron Delport for the first two games and Hardus Viljoen for the rest of the tournament.

South African bowler Beuran Hendricks has international commitments and is no longer available. He will be replaced by Dominican all-rounder Kavem Hodge.

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Combining broadcast and digital viewership over 200 million fans watched the 2018 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2018 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$127million. Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2019 tournament will take place between 4 September and 12 October. For further information visit www.cplt20.com.

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