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Van Der Merwe among three big foreign names for Warriors

Dec 03, 2018 | CN Staff |
Former South African and current Netherlands all rounder Roelof van der Merwe will show his cricketing prowess in this season's Everest Premier League as Biratnagar Warriors on Tuesday announced three big signings in their list of four foreign recruitments. 

Paras Khadka's Warriors retained Hong Kong's explosive batsman Babar Hayat, while another Dutch cricketer Paul van Meekeren and India's Ranji cricketer Smit Patel will be completing the list. Former Nepal and Afghanistan batting consultant Umesh Patwal, meanwhile, has been named the coach of the franchise. 

Van der Merwe is one of the few cricketers to represent two countries internationally. Debuting against Australia from South African side in 2009, he played for the Dutch from 2015 after gaining Netherlands passport. He plies his trades Somerset in English County. 

The 33-year old right-handed batsman and left arm orthodox spinner has taken 174 wickets from 189 matches and has scored 2109 runs with the best score of 89. He has 63 First-Class and 173 List A appearances to his name. He has 236 wickets in List A and 123 wickets in First-Class. 
Hayat, who was a massive hit last season walking away with player-of-the-series tournament, was the highest scorer making 313 runs with three half centuries. Pakistani-born Hayat has played 20 ODI matches for Hong Kong scoring 759 runs with a decent average of 42.16. 

He is the first Hong Kong cricketer to score a century in Twenty20 International smashing a 60-ball 122 against Oman during the 2016 ACC Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Hayat has splendid First-Class career with 3 centuries -- including double-century against PNG -- in 6 matches. 

Van Meekeren also plays for Somerset in English County. He has 42 wickets from 44 List-A matches. The 25-year old Meekeren made his ODI debut against South Africa in 2013 and played four ODI matches so far with two wickets to his name.

Patel plays for Tripura in the Ranji Trophy and has experience of playing in Nepal following his stint with Chitwan Rhinos in the recently concluded Pokhara Premier League. He was the part of the Indian youth team that claimed the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia.

Patwal had looked after the Nepali national team during the ICC World Cup Qualifier early this year in Zimbabwe. He worked as tournament director in PPL.


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