Sunil Narine, the West Indies off-spinner who is currently ranked the world’s No. 1 Twenty20 bowler, has signed with the South African franchise, Cape Cobras, for the domestic Twenty20 competition.
Narine will be the frontline spinner in an outfit that will be packed with international stars including Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt, and is no doubt part of their plans to qualify for next year’s CLT20. The Cobras last played in the lucrative event two years ago in 2011 and finished at the bottom of the points table last season.
South Africa’s domestic 20-over competition is scheduled to take place between Jan. 8 and Feb. 9. It is a window period in which the national players will be available, especially since their series against India is likely to be curtailed.