The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ Best Overseas Players
The Patriots haven’t had some of the international superstars like some other franchises have had, but they’ve had enough big names to get them by over the years.
South African left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi made a name for himself in the Caribbean Premier League via a stint with the Saint Kitts team before debuting in Test, ODI or T20I cricket. He has since played in the IPL and other global cricket, too. Fellow South African Rassie van der Dussen eventually played for this CPL franchise, too.
Former Pakistan captain and star all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has offered plenty to the Saint Kitts franchise with bat and ball. He is listed in their top 10 run-scorers and top 10 wicket-takers. His ability to take the pace off the ball has worked well in a format dominated by batsmen who like pace on it.
Batsman Laurie Evans has not been capped at international level for England, but has played around the world in the Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and others. St Kitts and Nevis was his home in CPL 2019. Patriots batsman Kjorn Ottley can learn a lot from playing with Evans.
Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting had a brief limited-overs career for his country. He has bowled some handy seam, rife with clever slower balls, and hit the long ball for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. They might be eager to keep his all-round talent on their books going forward.
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammab Nabi, like countryman Rashid Khan, has become the face of the country’s cricket. A hard-hitting batsman and right-arm spinner, St Kitts is just one of the many franchises he has played in around the world, including Australia’s Big Bash League.
The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have had another former Pakistan captain and star all-rounder like Hafeez. Shahid Afridi, indeed, played for them in 2015 and attracted plenty of spectators to the stands to see his big-hitting ability and swift arm ball.
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is a household name in world cricket and has taken his cue to star in domestic cricket around the globe, too. Guptill, just like Afridi, was with them in 2015. They came last that year, but that wasn’t necessarily because of either of the international stars.
Faf du Plessis
South African batsman and ex-national captain Faf du Plessis is synonymous for several seasons with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. But in 2016 he spent some time with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots alongside countryman Shamsi.