Twenty20 spot for Oram

Last updated 12:00 10/08/2012

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Black Cap all-rounder Jacob Oram was a late callup for the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League Twenty20 competition.

The Palmerston North man was drafted into the Uva Next squad as an injury replacement for the tournament that starts tomorrow.

Uva Next lost Pakistan off-spinner Abdur Rehman and West Indian opener Chris Gayle, who was ruled out with a groin strain after the test series against New Zealand in the West Indies.

The franchise named fellow West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul as Gayle's replacement and Oram and Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam as further cover.

Other players at Uva Next include New Zealand and Wellington all-rounder James Franklin and Pakistan paceman Umar Gul, with contracts believed to be worth between $20,000 and $30,000.

Other Kiwis in the tournament are Kyle Mills with the Uthura Rudras team, Nathan McCullum with the Ruhuna Royals and Tim Southee in the Basnahira Cricket Dundee squad.

No New Zealand test players were available for the league with the Black Caps playing a two-test series against India in two weeks.

The seven franchises will play a round-robin competition with semifinals and then a final on August 31.

The tournament should help the players prepare for the world Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka next month.

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- Manawatu Standard

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