22-year-old Rutherford to play from St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have obtained the services of the enigmatic versatile Sherfane Rutherford for the upcoming season in the Caribbean Premier League.

Basseterre: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have obtained the services of the enigmatic versatile Sherfane Rutherford for the upcoming season in the Caribbean Premier League.

The 22-year-old Rutherford, who has performed for Guyana Amazon Warriors for the past three seasons, is one of two new faces at the franchise, with veteran Dwayne Bravo announcing his arrival last month.

Rutherford is considered one of the brightest prospects for West Indies in the shortest format, and Rutherford played the last of his six T20 International nearly a year and a half ago.

He also did not appear for his native Guyana Jaguars for almost three years, despite campaigning on the global T20 franchise track.

In fact, ahead of this year’s Super50 Cup, the Guyana council said Rutherford had been considered for selection but had ‘chosen to play T10 and T20 cricket in Bangladesh and Pakistan’.

Patriots owner Mahesh Ramani said he was excited about the new addition to the squad and the season ahead, especially with St Kitts hosting the entire tournament.

“The St Kitts and Nevis franchise is very welcome for the new players who have joined us this year, as well as for our retained core team for another exciting season of the Hero CPL,” Ramani said.

This year makes it extra special when we play at our home – Warner Park.

“I want to thank all our team players, support staff and management as well as our global fan base for their continued love and support. I look forward to a wonderful season in 2021.”

Left-hander Evin Lewis, the franchise’s leading batsman during the last campaign, is one of seven players retained along with the versatile Rayad Emrit, who was the team’s leading wicketkeeper last year.

West Indian stars Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Joshua Da Silva, along with Jon Russ Jaggesar and Dominic Drakes, complete the list of players who have survived. Allen, a powerful lower-order batsman and left-hander, missed last year’s tournament after failing to catch his charter flight to Trinidad and Tobago as the tournament was hosted amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

No place was found for fast bowler Alzarri Joseph from the West Indies or any overseas players. The CPL runs from 28 August to 19 September.