Allrounder Jimmy Neesham has been confirmed as the fourth New Zealand cricketer to play in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.
Neesham will join Martin Guptill in the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the six-team tournament starting on Saturday, on a contract reportedly worth US$100,000.
He owed his place to New Zealand Cricket taking a firm stance on Corey Anderson who was denied permission to join the Warriors due to concerns over his fitness. Anderson, who came straight from the Indian Premier League to the Caribbean, will play next in the Champions League for Mumbai in September.
"We could not have asked for a better replacement for Corey," said Roger Harper, the Guyana Amazon Warriors coach. "Jimmy is a great fit for the Amazon Warriors, and we look forward to seeing the excellent form he displayed in the recent test series continuing in the CPL."
Two former New Zealand skippers will also play in the CPL, with Ross Taylor rejoining the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and Daniel Vettori playing under Chris Gayle's captaincy at the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Vettori, who coached Bangalore at the recent IPL but didn't play, wheeled down 10 overs (0-47) for the MCC in yesterday's charity match against a Rest of the World XI at Lord's.
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