Maratha Arabians on Saturday announced that West Indies’ talismanic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been drafted into the squad for the upcoming Heera T10 Cricket League. Bravo will replace Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara in the squad. Sangakkara pulled out of the squad for personal reasons.
Maratha Arabians, co-owned by Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures, Bollywood Actor/Producer/Director Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi of Aqua Properties, will do battle against some of the world’s best-known cricketers in the six-team tournament from 14-17 December.
Dwayne Bravo Replaced Kumar Sangakkara for Maratha Arabians
Legendary India Opener Virender Sehwag is the Icon and Captain of the Franchise
Sehwag leads a squad featuring some stars including Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Amir. Pakistani former captain Wasim Akram is the head coach and mentor of the team. Whereas, ex England all-rounder Dougie Brown is the assistant coach of the squad. Players of the squad belong to nine countries including Pakistan, England, India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Africa, Netherlands.
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is hosting this tournament, with official approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Speaking about the inclusion of Bravo, Sehwag said: “It is a disappointment that Kumar will not be with us during the tournament. He is an invaluable asset for any side. We are equally fortunate to have a top-class all-rounder like Dwayne Bravo replace Kumar.”
Head Coach Wasim Akram’s Statement
Head Coach and mentor Akram said: “We are fortunate that we are able to replace an outstanding cricketer like Kumar with someone like Dwayne Bravo. Dwayne, a genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket who really made a mark for himself. I am sure that Dwayne Bravo will add a lot of value to the side. We welcome him to the franchise with a lot of excitement.”
Maratha Arabians Co-owner Parvez Khan said: “Wasim bhai and Viru are working together to come up with an effective strategy. I am sure Dwayne will fit into the scheme of things very well. He comes with loads of experience and adds value to any side that he plays in.”
|Maratha Arabians Team Squad|
|Virender Sehwag (Captain)||India|
|Dwayne Bravo||West Indies|
|Rilee Rossouw||South Africa|
|Lendl Simmons||West Indies|
|Krishmar Santokie||West Indies|
|Hardus Viljoen||South Africa|
|Roelof van der Merwe||Netherlands|
Head Coach and Mentor : Wasim Akram
Assistant Coach : Dougie Brown
Manager : Abdul Latif Khan