Shane Watson
Shane Watson

Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson who is set to play for St Lucia Zouks says that he is about to begin a new chapter in his career with CPL.

The star all-rounder recently retired from all formats of international cricket after the 2016 T20 World Cup and still has been pivotal for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run to IPL final this year.

Watson will add great balance to any side he plays in as he can be termed as a perfect all-rounder any team would want in their side. He has always boasted a great all-round record both with bat and ball for any team he played ofr.

On the eve of his 35th birthday, Shane Watson shares his thoughts on the new journey he is set to begin in an exclusive interview to CPLT20.com.

“There’s no doubt that this year’s CPL is going to be fiercely competitive. There are world-class players playing in the tournament which immediately puts a jolt of excitement in you, even before a ball is bowled and I’m hungrier than ever to try and bring some success to the Zouks. I’ve heard a lot about the carnival atmosphere at CPL games and it will be a thrill to step out there on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium,” said Watson.

St Lucia Zouks have a greatly talented team as it has the likes of Darren Sammy, Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher alongside the likes of David Hussey, David Miller and Morne Morkel in their roster.

When asked about his retirement, he said: “To be honest, it doesn’t really feel like I’ve retired because I’ve still been as busy as any other time. Obviously the World T20 was hugely frustrating, but that’s another story. But going on to play IPL was a fun experience. I had made a few tweaks on the technical side of my bowling and mentally I was trusting my own instincts a bit more, which helped me achieve better consistency. Ive had a better run of consistently better days than previously in my career. Even though one door has now closed on my career, I’m as hungry as ever to keep on learning, keep improving my own skills and hopefully keep on contributing to the team”

When asked about CPL being played in USA for the first time, Watson added: “I think this is a great opportunity, not just for CPL but for the game of cricket internationally. It’s huge, if I’m honest. Every single player I’ve spoken to about CPL is raving about being part of this new departure and if we can get a good level of support there this year, hopefully the popularity of the game will just grow and grow. It’s a privilege to be a part of something new on the horizon.”

On the influence of Michael Hussey, he said: “I’m excited to play with Mike again. Mike is quite simply one of the nicest and most genuine guys you could ever hope to meet and I’m fortunate to have played a lot with him for Australia and in the Big Bash League (BBL). I’m delighted that I’m going to be out in the trenches with him again and he will add a huge amount to the Zouks environment, especially with the younger players. He has so much enthusiasm for the game still, even at 41, and he has showed his class time and time again.”

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