Paarl Rocks have suffered a big blow before their first match of Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2019 as they will be without the services of their senior all-rounder JP Duminy, who has been ruled out of the tournament on the eve of their first match against Cape Town Blitz. Duminy is suffering from a hamstring injury.
Duminy was expected to be the mainstay for his team after his recent T20 performances. At the Caribbean Premier League, while representing Barbados Tridents, Duminy shone with the bat and scored 291 runs at 32.22 with a strike-rate of 136.61. He also scalped four wickets. The franchise is expected to name his replacement next week.
He has now retired from international cricket and only plays franchise cricket. Earlier, Duminy had planned to retire from ODI cricket after World Cup but later, he announced that he has also retired from the shortest format. In total, he played 46 Tests, 199 ODIs and 81 T20Is.
Duminy is the second Paarl Rocks’ player to be ruled out of the tournament. Earlier, the franchise lost the services of Aiden Markram. The 25-year-old had suffered a hand injury after punching the wall during India Test series.
It resulted in him suffering his wrist injury and he also the third Test against India. The franchise has already signed Kyle Verreynne as his replacement.
The Faf du Plessis-led Paarl Rock kicks off its campaign against Cape Town Blitz tomorrow. The Quinton de Kock-led side had registered a comprehensive 15-run win over Jozi Stars in the opening game of the tournament. Batting first, they registered 213 on the board and defended it successfully.
The second game of the tournament between Durban Heat and Tshwane Spartans today was washed out due to rain – the match was to mark comeback to AB de Villiers to the game after a break of two months.