Caribbean Premier League 2017 March 9, 2017

Williamson, Malinga and Morris in CPL as marquee players

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga and South Africa allrounder Chris Morris have been signed up as marquee players in the Caribbean Premier League, a day before the draft. The tournament is scheduled to run from August 1 to September 9.

Williamson and Morris are set for their maiden CPL season, having been recruited by Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots respectively. Malinga will be part of the St. Lucia Stars (formerly St. Lucia Zouks) set-up in the upcoming season, having previously represented Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, and Kumar Sangakkara, meanwhile, have been retained by Guyana, Trinbago Knight Riders, and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively. Chris Gayle, who led Tallawahs to the title in 2016, will now play for the Patriots, the side that finished bottom last season.

England T20 specialist Tymal Mills and several Afghanistan players - including IPL-bound Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi - are among the big names in the CPL draft.

Marquee CPL players in 2017: Martin Guptill (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Lasith Malinga (St. Lucia Stars), Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders), Chris Morris (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots), Kumar Sangakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs), Kane Williamson (Barbados Tridents)

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  • Paul on March 10, 2017, 11:36 GMT

    Gayle should always play for Jamaica his home team why the change for no logical reason.

  • Ammarhit on March 10, 2017, 6:55 GMT

    @CricketChat Are you sure you watched him? He was definitely bowling 135 regularly. I guess you misunderstood the changeup slower balls, which he is well known for. Not to mention he was the highest wicket taker in the series.

  • Gary on March 10, 2017, 6:43 GMT

    @qadirkhan - the cap is one million, not the max that a player could be receiving

  • Caleb on March 10, 2017, 4:55 GMT

    @CRICKETCHAT... Williamson is not a t20 "specialist' but he is still a better t20 batsmen than the majority of the batsmen around the world. Take a look at his average and strike rate in t20s in the past couple of years as an opener - I'm sure many will be surprised.

  • Steve on March 9, 2017, 22:48 GMT

    I can understand Morris signed up as marquee player, but Williamson and Malinga? Williamson is NOT a T20 specialist. He spent more time on the bench than playing for Sunrisers in IPL, while Mailinga is always injured these days and dropped so much pace, the last time I saw him against Aussies in T20s a few weeks ago, he was bowling in mid 120ks, slower than someone like Kulasekhara, considered a medium pacer (not fast-medium/medium-fast). I think CPL deserves better marquee players. May be, they can't attract enough top quality T20 international stars.

  • Yasein on March 9, 2017, 21:49 GMT

    Willy wouldnt mind smashing a couple rookies

  • tousee6184273 on March 9, 2017, 21:14 GMT

    @JOHNTHEKIWI @ According to "American Economic Policy Institute" if you earn $0.38 M a year you will be rich by American standards and will come into the upper class which makes 1% of American population. so if you are earning $1M a year than you are definitely getting rich.

  • waseem on March 9, 2017, 21:06 GMT

    @TIPTOP32, For CPL, it's $1 M while for PSL, it's $1.2M. Not sure about Big Bash or Bangladesh league. IPL runs for twice the length of any other league hence they are supposed to pay more to players but then IPL sides have $10M per franchise to spend.

  • Beau on March 9, 2017, 21:03 GMT

    @JOHNTHEKIWI: There is also the small matter of a working holiday in the Caribbean...

  • johnthekiwi on March 9, 2017, 19:56 GMT

    I think the cap is only around US $1M so nobody is getting rich but it at least pays the bills.

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