The Barbados Royals announced on Wednesday the appointment of South African batter David Miller as captain for the 2022 season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). With the added responsibility, the 32-year-old will work closely with Head Coach Trevor Penney and Royals’ Cricket Director Kumar Sangakkara, with whom he played during his time with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
Having previously represented Barbados’ partner franchise Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the reckless finisher has close ties to the Royals and is delighted to return to one of their franchises as the leader of the group.
“During my time with the Royals in the IPL I have always felt very valued and have been able to develop a deep connection with the team. It is an exciting time for me to come to the Barbados Royals and a privilege to be named as the captain. It is a team with an abundance of young and experienced talent from the Caribbean and I look forward to working with the entire group to achieve our goals for the 2022 season,” said David Miller in a statement. . .
Miller returns to the CPL after a three-season hiatus, having last represented Jamaica Tallawahs in 2018 and St. Lucia Zouks in 2016. The middle-order batter has amassed 332 runs in 15 innings in the CPL, with a strike rate of over 146. In the 2022 season of the IPL, Miller was in stunning form, scoring 481 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 142.73.
“Having previously worked with David (Miller) at the Rajasthan Royals, we knew he has a cricket brain that not only reads situations very well on the pitch, but is very passionately involved off the pitch. He is someone who helps with creating the perfect environment for his teammates to excel in, and that is what we expect from him here in Barbados where he will lead the franchise,” said head coach Trevor Penney.
“He has shown tremendous experience and deceit over the past few months, taking his team to IPL glory… unfortunately he beat us in the final! We are all delighted to have signed him and look forward to working with him during the season,” he added.
The Barbados Royals enter the season with confidence, with a strong West Indian core that includes Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas, Obed McCoy, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh, Devon Thomas and Nyeem Young, who will be joined by experienced T20 specialists such as Quinton de Kock, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Azam Khan, Corbin Bosch and David Miller, with the explosive South African leading the way.
With Miller only arriving for the T20 season, the Barbados Royals have also announced their captaincy for the inaugural edition of THE 6IXTY tournament that takes place in advance. The West Indian all-rounder and Barbados local Kyle Mayers will lead the Royals in the new innovation-driven tournament.
The 29-year-old Barbados all-rounder has become pivotal for the West Indies of late and has served up some memorable displays in a variety of formats, contributing both bat and ball. Mayers has been a key member of the Royals lineup since 2020, as an integral part of the central core, and is now poised to take on the leadership role for this new format for the two-time CPL champions.
THE 6IXTY is Cricket West Indies and the Caribbean Premier League’s new 60-ball tournament featuring some of the best cricketers from around the world.
The tournament will run from August 24 to August 28 and will be directly followed by the Caribbean Premier League, which will be played from August 30 to September 30, 2022