Narine relishing Cobras stint
Cape Town - New Cape Cobras signing Sunil Narine says it will be a big challenge to test himself in South African conditions.
The Cobras on Tuesday announced that the star West Indian spinner will be playing for them in the Ram Slam T20, starting in January 2014.
The 25-year-old currently plays for Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League Twenty20 in India. He took 2/23 in four overs when Trinidad & Tobago beat the Titans on the Duckworth/Lewis method in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Narine was also the star for the West Indies when they won last year's T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka when he took 3/9 in the final to stun the hosts.
His overall T20 first class record is equally impressive, having taken 93 wickets at an average 15.86 and conceding only 5.40 runs per over.
Speaking from India, Narine said: “I look forward to working with Paul Adams (Cobras coach) and the guys in the new year. South Africa has one of the toughest leagues in the world, so it will be a big test for me. The Cobras look to have a serious squad of players and hopefully I can contribute”.
Adams added that Narine will be a welcome addition to their ranks.
“Most of our internationals should be available for the Ram Slam (T20) and we asked ourselves the question: 'Who would best complement them?'
"Sunil’s strength is that you can bring him on to bowl at pressure moments in the innings and he still strikes and keeps the run rate down."
Andre Odendaal, CEO of the Cobras said: “Sunil has shown himself to be a T20 magician and we hope he will carry his current form into our very competitive local competition. With most of our national players expected to be available, including Hashim Amla
, the Cobras’ fans have a lot to look forward to in January."