Muzarabani ends CPL stint with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after three games

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GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - AUGUST 19: Blessing Muzarabani (L) of Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots premature celebration for Martin Guptill (R) of Trinbago Knight Riders wicket during the Men's 2023 Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League match 3 between Trinbago Knight Riders and Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on August 19, 2023 in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. (Photo by Randy Brooks/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Zimbabwe cricket team fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani has ended his Carribean Premier League (CPL) stint with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after three matches due to personal reasons.

Muzarabani played three games for Patriots but struggled to make an impact in his maiden appearance in the competition.

The fast bowler picked up one wicket at 69 with an economy of 10.61.

Meanwhile Indian star Ambati Rayudu has also emded his CPL stint with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after three matches for what the tournament organisers called “personal reasons”.

Rayudu himself, however, clarified that he had committed to play in the CPL only till August 28 as he “had prior commitments”

Rayudu played three innings for Patriots in the ongoing edition, scoring 47 runs at 15.66 and a strike rate of 117.50. His scores in his three innings were 0, 32 and 15.

Rayudu was signed up as a marquee player by Patriots, making him just the second Indian to play in the men’s CPL after Pravin Tambe.

He had earlier in 2023 retired from international and Indian cricket after helping Chennai Super Kings to a fifth IPL title.

The English duo of fast bowler Benny Howell and top-order batter Will Smeed have been called up to replace Rayudu and Muzarabani in the Patriots squad.

Patriots are the only team in the competition without a win in six matches. Since their opening two fixtures were abandoned because of rain, they have lost each of their four games.

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