T&T leg-spinner Imran Khan has been called up by he
St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots as a replacement for Dennis Bulli who was struck down with the dreaded Coronavirus.
Bulli was tested in Jamaica and was positive for the virus hence he was pulled from the Patriots. Also missing out is Patriots coach Simon Helmot who contracted the virus in Australia. Former West Indies standout fast bowler Courtney Walsh will come into the mix at the Patriots to take over as head coach for the tournament.
Captain Rayad Emrit revealed to Guardian Media Sports that Khan has been called into the team.
Khan said he was elated at the call-up and looking forward to assisting his team. "It is always great to be a part of this big tournament and I am happy to have received the call-up from the Patriots.
"I have been training and playing cricket so I am ready for action." Khan will enter his 6th year of CPL cricket as he played from 2015 to 2018 with the Barbados Tridents and last year he was with the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Charlieville resident has been playing in the Central Super League T10 tournament with other local cricketers who will be taking part in the CPL.
The 36-year old said he was also happy with the fact that the tournament is being played entirely here because he will be at home in the conditions. "There will definitely be a home advantage for me, despite the fact that there will be no crowd. Although there will be no crowd we will be playing in conditions that we are very familiar with and this is sure to help my game."
Khan who skippered the T&T Red Force in the Regional Super50 last season says that he is expecting a good tournament. "I am just going out there to do the best I can to help my team on and off the field. I am hoping that once I am out there I will be able to perform well and contribute to the Patriots."