Caribbean Premier League 2017 March 1, 2017

Mills, Rashid Khan included in CPL draft

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England T20 specialist Tymal Mills and a clutch of Afghanistan players - including IPL-bound Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi - are among the high-profile names to be included in the draft for this year's Caribbean Premier League.

Mills, who was picked up for USD1.8m in the IPL auction last month, is one of four English players in the draft, alongside former Test spinner Monty Panesar. Mills' availability is likely to be limited, however, as there is significant overlap between the CPL - scheduled to run from August 1 to September 9 - and the NatWest Blast, England's domestic T20 tournament which this year takes place in July and August, with Finals Day on September 2.

Rashid and Nabi are joined by compatriots Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran. There are a number of other Associate players in the mix, including Canada's Rizwan Cheema and Ruvindu Gunasekera; George Dockrell, Kevin O'Brien and Niall O'Brien from Ireland; Oman's Sufyan Mehmood and Zishawn Qureshi of the USA.

Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are all well represented in the 258-player pool, ahead of the draft scheduled for March 10.

The list also includes a number of local players looking to be picked up, including two-time World T20 winner Marlon Samuels. Those retained by their franchises, as well as marquee players, will be announced separately.

"T20 is capturing the world of cricket by storm, and with the huge numbers of talented players from across the cricketing world eager to sign up to the biggest party in sport, I've no doubt that the 2017 season will be our best yet," Tom Moody, the CPL's director of international cricket, said.

"In attracting the cream of international talent from a healthy blend of established and fast-developing nations, it extends the growing international appeal of the sport and of the Hero CPL itself, and I have no doubt that we are going to see a hugely contested player draft in Barbados on March 10th."

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  • ABDUL ALEEM on March 4, 2017, 13:05 GMT

    @Amit, Well how a window for 2 month can be created when IPL is played for 2 months itself.only way is make it one league per year. Otherwise test cricket will be Dodo of 2020s.

  • qayoum9269630 on March 3, 2017, 6:38 GMT

    We really proud of our blue tigers Afghan, Afghan fan, Abdul Qayoum zazai

  • Tom on March 2, 2017, 9:54 GMT

    There could be more leagues coming out soon but there are few players making money from different league. I think Indian players are the only one not playing anywhere but few players like Gayle are playing everywhere. The IPL is the richest league and can offer current inform players but they can only play 7 at a time and have more severe rules of playing international players. Soon these players flock to other leagues too and than these leagues become a local interest only. The shot making ability of batsman and runs stopping ability of bowlers has definitely improved but except few players overall standard has fallen. In the recent Australian win in India none of the batsman from both side played like a test batsman. Smith who got to a century gave 5 chances. Most of Indian players were trying to play shots instead of applying themselves and tiring the bowlers down.

  • kmujad9062636 on March 2, 2017, 7:20 GMT

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  • amit on March 1, 2017, 19:18 GMT

    Chona, the T20 leagues give exposure to domestic players too. Better idea is to have a 2-2.5 month window (1 March - 15 May) and have all T20 leagues like IPL, BBL, CPL, PSL, BPL, etc in this window This way we will have the remaining 9.5 months for Tests & ODIs without any T20 leagues taking place

  • geoffs8103821 on March 1, 2017, 17:52 GMT

    We've got to.Rally rally round the west indies. All these league's have something that the ipl can't manufacture fun and party and not taken to seriously.

  • ABDUL ALEEM on March 1, 2017, 17:35 GMT

    There should be on domestic league per year on rotation basis. For example 2018 Big bash 2019 CPL 2020 PSL 2021 IPL 2022. This way overdose of leagues will be avoided and all leagues will be equal in talent. There will not be any danger to tests due to surfeit of T20 THEN.

  • Alex on March 1, 2017, 16:55 GMT

    So impressed with the growth of CPL and so happy for West Indies cricket!

  • lmar on March 1, 2017, 16:40 GMT

    Wethout any doubt afghanistan players will make the event even more attractive as they are talented and attractive players based on the ground attituede

  • Steve on March 1, 2017, 16:31 GMT

    I would say the IPL is the best in terms on talent on show, while the CPL is the best for party spirit. I have watched CPL from its start and am convinced nothing beats its party atmosphere. Go CPL!

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