The St Lucia Zouks’ Best Overseas Players
The St Lucia Zouks have had plenty of great players from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries join the franchise over the years.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has made a name for himself in global T20 tournaments during the twilight of his career. The Zouks have enjoyed his prowess with bat and ball. He is among the franchise’s top 10 bowlers and top 10 batsmen. St Lucia’s Keddy Lesporis can certainly learn a lot from having played with Watson.
Australian batsman David Warner is captain of the Hyderabad Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League and played for the Zouks in 2018, which was a difficult time in his career due to his involvement in the ball-tampering saga that marred Australia’s Test tour of South Africa.
New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McCleneghan turned down a national contract to instead play T20 cricket around the world. He has since collected plenty of experience across the globe. His left-arm seam has been a hot asset for the St Lucia Zouks. Another fast bowler from abroad, South Africa’s Hardus Vijoen, has been with the Zouks too.
A really good leg-spinner is an important part of any T20 team. Australia’s Fawad Ahmed brings that skill for the Zouks. He is the only slow bowler from abroad in their list of top 10 wicket-takers in the history of the Caribbean Premier League. Jamaican-born left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal can thrive alongside Ahmed’s input.
Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir is right up there among the Zouk’s most popular bowlers and big-hitters. He has been deployed up and down the order with the bat and largely takes the new ball during the opening Powerplay. He is one of a few Pakistani players to succeed on the global T20 market. Sri Lankans Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera have also represented the franchise.
Former England captain and batsman Kevin Pietersen was more renowned for skippering the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, but his high-profile playing career also featured time with the Zouks – a dozen matches in 2014 and 2015.