Narine joins Cobras

Sunil Narine, the West Indies offspinner 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. They include 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 Champions League T20 in India.

The Cobras last played in the lucrative event two years ago and finished at the bottom of the points table.

They aim to turn that around this season, by making use of as many high-profile players as possible.

Paul Adams, Cobras coach said: “Sunil’s strength is that you can bring him on to bowl at pressure moments in the innings and he still strikes and keeps the run rate down.”

South Africa’s domestic 20-over competition runs between Jan. 8 and Feb. 9. It is a window period in which West Indies players will be available, especially since their series against India is likely to be curtailed.