Gibbs latest foreign player to join Caribbean Premier League

Johannesburg, Apr 28 (ANI): South African top-order batting star Herschelle Gibbs has become the latest international player to sign up for this year's Caribbean Premier league (CPL).

Gibbs was the first cricketer in history to hit six sixes in a single over in international cricket in the West Indies during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, Sport24 reports.

The report further said that Gibbs would bring considerable experience and talent to the CPL table, having represented teams all over the world, including being part of the Deccan Chargers squad that won the Indian Premier League in 2009.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Gibbs said that he is looking forward to playing in the first CPL, adding that he has good memories of touring in the West Indies, which he termed as having warmth and charm.

Gibbs will be joining fellow international stars Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist from Australia, New Zealand's Ross Taylor and Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez as confirmed big-name signings for the inaugural franchise-based tournament that will take place across six countries in July and August, the report added.

Along with the international players, Caribbean names like Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have also been confirmed for the tournament, the report further said.

The report also mentioned that a total of 90 players will be playing in the CPL, and will be divided into a team of 15 for each of the six franchise teams, who are required to have a minimum number of local players from that their particular franchise country.

Gibbs toured the West Indies three times with the South Africa senior squad, in 2001, 2005 and for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup when South Africa lost to eventual champions Australia in the semifinal in St Lucia, the report added. (ANI)

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