The Jamaica Tallawahs’ Best Overseas Players
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara, South African and United States of America dual international Rusty Theron and Australia’s Adam Voges have been among the franchise’s overseas players of the past. These are their more recent stars from abroad.
New Zealand batsman Glenn Phillips is one of only four Tallawahs players to have struck more than 1,000 runs in the Caribbean Premier League. The others are Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton and Andre Russell. Phillips boasts a rare century in the CPL.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has captained his country in ICC cricket and is the only player in the world to have been capped at least 100 times in each of the three formats. He has played in the Indian Premier League and others, including the Tallawahs.
South African batsman David Miller has played in the IPL and Australia’s Big Bash League. The hard-hitting left-handed batsman was with the Tallawahs in 2018, when he averaged almost 70 across eight fixtures, but only hit one half-century.
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has served his country well over many years. He has also been a star for hire around the world, including the West Indies, where his ability with bat and ball have made him one of the Tallawahs’ best overseas recruits ever.
Every domestic T20 franchise worth its salt needs a star fast bowler. South African pace ace Dale Steyn was exactly that for Jamaica several years ago. He would have mentored many of the young Jamaica fast bowlers at the time, too. Derval Green, back then and these days, could learn a lot from Steyn.
Leg-spin is a tough art in a format that is often dominated by the batsmen. Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, however, isn’t taken aback when having to oppose hard-hitting left- and right-handers. His time with the Tallawahs played a central role to his development as a world-class cricketer and leg-spinner. He could enjoy a particularly good head-to-head battle against Rahkeem Cornwall in future CPLs.