Caribbean Premier League 2013 April 13, 2013

Hafeez signs up for Caribbean Premier League

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Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has become the fourth international 'franchise player' to join the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament. The other international cricketers who have committed to playing in the league - and have been assigned icon or 'franchise player' status as well - are Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Ross Taylor.

Hafeez, who has played 43 T20I matches for Pakistan, is ranked No. 2, behind Shane Watson in the ICC rankings for allrounders. He has led Pakistan in 14 T20 games, his most recent being the second T20 against South Africa in March, where he scored 86 off 51 balls and became the first Pakistan batsman to score 1,000 runs in the format.

"The 2010 World T20 allowed me the experience playing T20 in the Caribbean and I am looking forward to playing there once again," Hafeez said. "The people in the West Indies love their cricket and I am sure the fans will get behind their teams. I also hope that cricket fans back in Pakistan and around the world will follow me during this first CPL season."

The CPL is scheduled to begin on July 29 and run till August 26. The tournament involves six franchise countries across the Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The teams will all have one local and one international franchise player each. The players have not been assigned teams yet.

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  • Shivago on April 19, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Ricardo Powell is retired and is a cricket commentator on ESPN. he did play a charity match in Pakistan a few months ago to encourage teams that Pakistan is a place that can be put back on the international tour circuit.

  • cyborg on April 15, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    interesting that a player of his stature has joined , all players love the Caribbean cricket atmosphere stats , AND HIM JOINING PROVES IT CPL IN FULL SWING

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 15, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    they should consider more international players. Good luck to hafeez.

  • captainpermod on April 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Great to see Professor in CPL. Best of Luck.

    Hi BOBO.BBOO.BBOO.BBBO.BOOO.BBBB.OOOO Ricardo Powel has just visited subcontinent for a charity/welfare match in Pakistan. His performance was not up to the mark what he is known for. Cheers to Powel.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 14, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I know CPL will be the best T20 contest after IPL West Indians are natural T20 players and the carnival party atmosphere good times as well as location for tourists all combine for great a experience. I just think there should be at least a couple more international spaces per team and i'm sure there will be after it grows.

  • ArmChairUmpire on April 14, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    I am happy for Hafeez. The Caribbean might prove to be a crucial 'testing' venue for him and his apparent discomfort with the rising short pitched ball. If he wishes to succeed, he will need to work on this deficiency and also consider batting at No 4 instead of opening. Looking at what the other teams have to offer, Hafeez might prove more useful as a bowler if he maintains a disciplined line and length.

  • avmd on April 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Hafeez is not a great test players but a very good ODI and one of the best in T20, as long as Styne is not the bowler. With his joining CPL, a lot of Pakistanis will be watching it now and will pick a team to support, whichever team Hafeez joins. Undoubtedly, there is no better place than WI to watch cricket. CPL will be a buge success and will help bringing back the interest in cricket among the youngsters in WI which they had lost for some 15 years or so.

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Stanford T20 was very successfull. So I hope this league will be as well. Besta luck Professor and incourage Abdul Razzaq to join as well.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 14, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I guess, WI league will be the second most popular and successful league after IPL as WI Cricketers are good T-20 players and there will be a lot of them. I know one guy from WI who is highly ranked in terms of Big Hitting - He is Jonathan Fu.

    Btw, Does anyone remember Ricardo Powell - that Brutal Hitter ? Does he still play ?

  • Saqib_Sheraz on April 13, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Hafeez always consider low rated batsman, but approached by CPL is the reason that he is world class player as Ponting, R Tylor, A Gilchrist. Good Luck Hafeez

  • Shivago on April 19, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Ricardo Powell is retired and is a cricket commentator on ESPN. he did play a charity match in Pakistan a few months ago to encourage teams that Pakistan is a place that can be put back on the international tour circuit.

  • cyborg on April 15, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    interesting that a player of his stature has joined , all players love the Caribbean cricket atmosphere stats , AND HIM JOINING PROVES IT CPL IN FULL SWING

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 15, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    they should consider more international players. Good luck to hafeez.

  • captainpermod on April 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Great to see Professor in CPL. Best of Luck.

    Hi BOBO.BBOO.BBOO.BBBO.BOOO.BBBB.OOOO Ricardo Powel has just visited subcontinent for a charity/welfare match in Pakistan. His performance was not up to the mark what he is known for. Cheers to Powel.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 14, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I know CPL will be the best T20 contest after IPL West Indians are natural T20 players and the carnival party atmosphere good times as well as location for tourists all combine for great a experience. I just think there should be at least a couple more international spaces per team and i'm sure there will be after it grows.

  • ArmChairUmpire on April 14, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    I am happy for Hafeez. The Caribbean might prove to be a crucial 'testing' venue for him and his apparent discomfort with the rising short pitched ball. If he wishes to succeed, he will need to work on this deficiency and also consider batting at No 4 instead of opening. Looking at what the other teams have to offer, Hafeez might prove more useful as a bowler if he maintains a disciplined line and length.

  • avmd on April 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Hafeez is not a great test players but a very good ODI and one of the best in T20, as long as Styne is not the bowler. With his joining CPL, a lot of Pakistanis will be watching it now and will pick a team to support, whichever team Hafeez joins. Undoubtedly, there is no better place than WI to watch cricket. CPL will be a buge success and will help bringing back the interest in cricket among the youngsters in WI which they had lost for some 15 years or so.

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Stanford T20 was very successfull. So I hope this league will be as well. Besta luck Professor and incourage Abdul Razzaq to join as well.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 14, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I guess, WI league will be the second most popular and successful league after IPL as WI Cricketers are good T-20 players and there will be a lot of them. I know one guy from WI who is highly ranked in terms of Big Hitting - He is Jonathan Fu.

    Btw, Does anyone remember Ricardo Powell - that Brutal Hitter ? Does he still play ?

  • Saqib_Sheraz on April 13, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Hafeez always consider low rated batsman, but approached by CPL is the reason that he is world class player as Ponting, R Tylor, A Gilchrist. Good Luck Hafeez

  • Crick_Expert on April 13, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Good Luck; Hope Professor Hafeez will reach and findout any batting formula.

  • Desihungama on April 13, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistani fans have been looking forward to see their players perform alongside best of the rest. IPL1 provided a glimpse for us fans and to this day probably the best ever edition of that league. It's good to see short version leagues coming around that will allow ample opportunities for Pak fan to see their players in action. I wonder who'd be at loss in the long run as far as the franchises? - At the end of the day, it's all about the money. Good luck WICB.

  • uzairamir on April 13, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    i really want WCB to increase the number of foreing stars 1 international player with 1 local player is just not enough for a succesful league in my opinion

  • liaqathussain on April 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Looking forward to it . hope to see the likes of M Irfan also get a chance in the league,

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 13, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Hoping to see more Pakistani players in this league, like Ajmal, Afridi, Akmals, Misbah etc. Then this league can be a successful league!

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    tamim and shakib should sign for it.....

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Devon Smith will be having nightmares and hoping they both get play for the same franchise

  • Taha_Farrukh on April 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Best of Luck Hafeez & CPL as well

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Really looking forward to seeing more Pakistanis playing in the CPL; it's not likely that they will ever return to the IPL, so let's see them in the Caribbean this year. Other names from Australia and elsewhere will be great, and hopefully the league will build, uzairamir!!!

  • Prans1997 on April 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    This is probably the only format that suits a player like hafeez. He is absolutely not cut for tests

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Majority of Pakistani players will join it including AFRIDI, A.RAZZAQ,Umer Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, AWAIS ZIA

    This will make it a near SUCCESS tournment

    Players from other countries should also join this tournment as thr is no security threat situation plus they will be paying good

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    hmmm. it will be a good experience for him.. and i am sure he will be very handy with his bat and spin. he will provide some good entertainment there.

  • uzairamir on April 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    if theres only one local and one international player allowed then theres only space for two more international players.because of having so little international players in their league i dont think the league will have any success

  • hailianpak on April 13, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    good that Hafeez is getting appreciation

  • khnaaa on April 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    hafez pakistans caotain should get confidence from this league.Looking to this

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  • khnaaa on April 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    hafez pakistans caotain should get confidence from this league.Looking to this

  • hailianpak on April 13, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    good that Hafeez is getting appreciation

  • uzairamir on April 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    if theres only one local and one international player allowed then theres only space for two more international players.because of having so little international players in their league i dont think the league will have any success

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    hmmm. it will be a good experience for him.. and i am sure he will be very handy with his bat and spin. he will provide some good entertainment there.

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Majority of Pakistani players will join it including AFRIDI, A.RAZZAQ,Umer Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, AWAIS ZIA

    This will make it a near SUCCESS tournment

    Players from other countries should also join this tournment as thr is no security threat situation plus they will be paying good

  • Prans1997 on April 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    This is probably the only format that suits a player like hafeez. He is absolutely not cut for tests

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Really looking forward to seeing more Pakistanis playing in the CPL; it's not likely that they will ever return to the IPL, so let's see them in the Caribbean this year. Other names from Australia and elsewhere will be great, and hopefully the league will build, uzairamir!!!

  • Taha_Farrukh on April 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Best of Luck Hafeez & CPL as well

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Devon Smith will be having nightmares and hoping they both get play for the same franchise

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    tamim and shakib should sign for it.....