Cape Town - Up-and-coming Emerging Squad batting all-rounder Ruan de Swardt has been drafted by the Paarl Rocks to replace JP Duminy for the rest of the Mzansi Super League tournament.
Duminy ruled out of the tournament due to a hamstring injury suffered in the lead-up to the Paarl Rocks’ opening game has remained within the team setup in a mentorship role.
A skillful seam bowler and a left-handed batsman, De Swardt is part of the Emerging Squad that is due to assemble on Tuesday.
Paarl Rocks coach, Adrian Birrell, said De Swardt would give the team more options.
“With James Vince coming in to strengthen our top order, we needed another all-rounder to balance out the squad.
“Ruan has lots of potential and I’m confident he’ll add some real value in the middle-order and gives us more options in our bowling attack as well,” said Birrell.
De Swardt spend some time with the Paarl Rocks team last week and will join the squad once final approval has been received from the MSL.
In another setback for the team Dwaine Pretorius injured his right hand against the Cape Town Blitz on Sunday, but he will remain with the squad.
Birrel said there’s sufficient depth in the squad during this testing time with a number of players like Verreynne, Adams, Mungroo and Ntini ready to step up if required.
Paarl Rocks CEO, James Fortuin, has called on the team’s Purple Army fans to rally behind the team during the three away games against The Giants, Spartans and Stars this week.
The next Paarl Rocks game is at 17:30 on Wednesday, November 27 against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.