David Miller named Barbados Royals captain for CPL 2022

South African batter David Miller has been named captain of the Barbados Royals for the 2022 CPL season, replacing Jason Holder, who has been at the helm for the past four seasons.

Miller, who returns to the CPL for the first time in three seasons after most recently representing Jamaica Tallawahs in 2018 and St Lucia Zouks in 2016, was busted by the Royals earlier this month along with his South African teammate Quinton de Kock. He scored 332 runs in 15 innings with a strike rate of 146.90 in the tournament.

Miller is also coming off an outstanding run in the IPL, scoring 481 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 142.73 for champion Gujarat Titans. He will now renew ties with a Royals franchise, having played for Rajasthan in the IPL in 2020 and 2021.

“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,” said Miller. “It is an exciting time for me to come to the Barbados Royals, and a privilege to be appointed captain. It is a team with an abundance of young and experienced talent from the Caribbean and I look forward to working with the whole group to achieve our goals for the 2022 season”

Head coach Trevor Penney added: “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 also very passionately involved off the pitch. someone who helps create the perfect environment for his teammates to excel in which is what we expect from him here in barbados where he will lead the franchise he has shown tremendous experience and cunning over the past few months , propelled his team to IPL glory, sadly beating us in the final. We are all delighted to have signed him and look forward to working with him throughout the season.”

Holder played a key role in taking the Royals (then Tridents) to their second title in 2019. However, they have endured consecutive tough seasons, finishing fifth in 2020 and last on the table in 2021. Penney said the all-rounder will continue to be a “pillar” for the side.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jason (Holder) for his contribution to the team as captain and for agreeing to our decision to have a new leader for the team. He is one of the pillars of this side of Barbados.” and it will continue to be so in the future.”

The CPL 2022 will be played from August 31 to September 30, with the Royals starting their campaign against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on September 1.

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