The Paarl Rocks’ Best Overseas Players
A West Indian, Sri Lankan, Englishman and Australian comprise the overseas stars the Paarl Rocks have had in the Mzansi Super League, so far.
West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is most famous in global T20 cricket for his role with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. But he has also performed with bat and ball for other franchises around the world, including the Paarl Rocks in the MSL. Bravo has been especially successful with the ball in South Africa, mixing his pace up well with other slower variations.
Sri Lanka all-rounder Isuru Udana was a late addition to the Paarl Rocks squad for the 2019 MSL, replacing England left-arm seamer David Willey as the franchise’s international marquee player. Udana was a key component to the Rocks’ title-winning campaign. Udana is a powerful hitter in the middle or down the order and can take the new ball.
England batsman James Vince is a World Cup winner and has played in Australia‘s Big Bash League. He was with the Rocks in 2019. Like Udana, he was central to the Paarl team’s journey to the final against the Spartans. He didn’t play in the final, though, having left for the BBL. Vince, much like Alex Hales, doesn’t necessarily demand a spot in England’s first-choice ODI or T20 XI, but is hot property elsewhere.
In 2018, the Rocks had Australian batsman Michael Klinger as a late replacement for Ireland batsman Paul Stirling. Klinger later played for Gloucestershire in the T20 Blast in the United Kingdom and has since become the coach of the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.