CPL 2022: Royals signs De Kock & Miller, Kuggeleijn returns to St Lucia Kings

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CPL 2022: Royals signs De Kock & Miller, Kuggeleijn returns to St Lucia Kings

Barbados Royals have signed South Africa’s start player Quinton De Kock & David Miller for the CPL 2022, on the other hand, St Lucia Kings have brought back the services of Scott Kuggeleijn after releasing him last year.

CPL 2022 will be Kock’s debut season as he hasn’t featured in CPL yet. On the other hand, Barbados Royals will be Miller’s third franchise in CPL 2022. He previously had stints with Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Kings [earlier St Lucia Zouks].  Royals also have Afghanistan’s star spinner Mujeeb-Ur0-Rahman, Pakistan’s star batter Azam Khan & South Africa’s all-rounder Corbin Bosch in their line-up. They still have five more spots vacant which will be filled in the Players’ draft tomorrow.

Coming to St Lucia Kings, after signing Kuggeleijn they just have one overseas spot left to fill. They already have captain Faf du Plessis, Tim David, and David Wiese in their line-up as overseas signings. Kuggeleijn who played for the Kings in 2020, was the leading wicket-taker for them that season. However, he was released by the St Lucia Kings the last season along with the Afghanistan pair of Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran.

Kings other big signing is Johnson Charles, who had earlier represented Barbados Royals in 2021, amassing 216 runs in ten games at a strike rate of 122. Among the local players, Kings have retained the likes of Roston Chase, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph, Mark Deyal, and Jeavor Royal. They still have seven spots to be filled, including one for an overseas player, & those signings are expected to be completed in the players draft tomorrow.

The notable omissions from Kings last year’s squad are Rahkeem Cornwall, who was recently dropped from the list of CWI’s centrally contracted players, Wahab Riaz, Andre Fletcher – who has been signed by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots – and Keemo Paul, who has returned to Guyana Amazon Warriors.

St Lucia Kings finished as runners-up last season losing the summit clash to Patriots. They had also made it to the finals of the CPL 2020 but lost it to Trinbago Knight Riders. Notably, St Lucia Kings have failed to clinch any season of CPL.

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