The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 attracted more eyeballs after AB de Villiers made his debut for the Barbados Tridents. But, unfortunately, the fans of CPL 2016 will not get to witness the brilliance of De Villiers anymore as he has been recalled by Cricket South Africa to fulfil a contractual obligation of attending the annual awards.
Two other South African players -- Wayne Parnell (Barbados Tridents) and fiery pacer Dale Steyn -- have also been called back by Cricket South Africa.
De Villiers has, so far, been the leading runscorer for Tridents in CPL 2016. He has already scored 234 runs at an average of 58.50 and a strike rate of 150.96. De Villiers made sure that his presence is felt in most of the matches that he has played in his CPL debut season. Tridents, who have looked dangerous in the last few matches, will surely miss the South African batsman.
Parnell has also been handy with the ball in CPL 2016. The left-arm seamer has picked up seven wickets from six matches. He has conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.5.
Speedster Dale Steyn has been extremely good for Chris Gayle's Jamaica Tallawahs. Steyn has picked up eight wickets in six matches, and has an economy rate of 6.82.
Meanwhile, De Villiers and Parnell will be replaced by Ahmed Shehzad and Marchant de Lange in the Tridents team. The Tallawahs, on the other hand, have named uncapped South African seamer Dane Paterson as Steyn's replacement.
Paterson has an impressive economy rate of 6.79 in the shortest format of the game and plays for Dolphins in the Ram Slam T20 League.