Raza humbled to be named new Saint Lucia Kings skipper

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Harare -Zimbabwe cricket team superstar Sikandar Raza says he is humbled and grateful to have been promoted to replace South African stalwart Faf de Plessis as the new captain at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Saint Lucia Kings.

The 37-year-old allrounder will lead the ambitious side following the withdrawal of the former Proteas skipper Du Plessis, who is set to undergo a surgery after suffering an elbow injury.

Raza, who will be aiming to lead the Saint Lucia Kings to their maiden CPL title said he is grateful to have been handed the responsibility to lead tbe franchise.

“Its quite humbling for Saint Lucia Kings to entrust me with the responsibility. I’m very relaxed and humbled about it only because we’ve got 18 boys that are focused and determined to do well that captaining is basically just to go out there and flip the coin,” Raza said on his appointment.

“We’ve got one goal and one dream to achieve. As you can see from today’s performances. We’ve had two games rained off we didn’t play a lot of cricket, travelling and training.”

Sikandar Raza (right) with his Saint Lucia Kings teamates Faf du Plessis (left) and compatriot Sean Williams

The Chevrons star paid tribute to his predecessor for the wonderful work he has done and wished him a speedy recovery from his imminent surgery.

“Faf has done a fantastic job for this family, the St Lucia family is not complete without Faf but we understand he’s got a surgery coming up so from my side and the St Lucia Kings and from all his fans and our fans I just want to wish him a swift recovery.”

Raza is one of two Zimbabweans in gbe Saint Lucia squad together with fellow Chevrons allrounder Sean Williams.

The elevation to the St Lucia Kings captaincy comes after Raza was named the player of the match for his efforts during their 54-run victory in their last match against the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday.

The Pakistan-born star scored a quickfire 32 offf 23 deliveries as the Saint Lucia Kings reached 167/5 in their 20 overs before claiming two wickets for 31 runs as Trinbago Knight Riders were bowled out for 113 runs in 15.5 overs.

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