Caribbean Premier League 2013 April 13, 2013

Hafeez signs up for Caribbean Premier League

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • David 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.

  • hyrbie 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

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

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

  • nabeel 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.

  • o 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.

  • jose 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.

  • Avais 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Axe 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 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

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