Caribbean Premier League 2014 March 10, 2014

CPL players draft to feature 228 cricketers

ESPNcricinfo staff

The players draft for the second edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be held on April 3 in Kingston, Jamaica, and will include 228 players. In a release, the CPL said 121 overseas players had signed up for the draft, which is more than five times the number of overseas players in the 2013 draft.

English cricketers will feature in the tournament for the first time this year, if drafted in by the franchises, the CPL said. Players from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka have also signed up. West Indies aside, Australia will have the largest representation at the draft, with 30 players lining up, including 15 internationals.

The release said: "The vast majority of Pakistan's T20 World Cup squad has also signed up. New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka are also well represented, and the draft will include several current and former international captains, leading Test stars, T20 specialists and limited-overs legends."

The full list will be made public on March 17. The tournament will be played in July and August. Jamaica Tallawahs had won the inaugural edition, ahead of Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel; these same six franchises which will play the 2014 competition.

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  • Android on March 11, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @SirViv1973 it can't make the national side any worse than it is now

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    @SirViv1973 it can't make the national team any worse than they are now.

  • Dean on March 11, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST, thanks for pointing that out. I don't have BT Sport and had no idea they had any sort of cricket coverage on there. I know there was a cap on overseas players last year but with so many involved in the draft this time round i'm not sure what has been agreed in terms of the amount of overseas players who can play each match. I hope for the sake of WI cricket this is a success. Anything which is able to bring the fans back to the grounds can only be good for the region, but I would still be cautious about having so many overseas players involved. I agree with your comments re T20 blast. I think the switch to a season long event has really been driven by SKY as they believe it will be a ratings winner having games televised every Fri night. The Counties have gone along with it as there is the possibility of more revenue & if mid summer is wet it won't be a wash out like 2012. However i'm not sure too many have considered the effect it may have on the national team.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @Scarrule - If you are correct in your identification of of ahmedfysal, I am surprised that a Pakistani or a Sri Lankan would have such a view of a Caribbean tournament.

  • Amit on March 11, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @ ahmedfaysal Indians are best? Lost in NZ, lost in Asia Cup...still the best? LOL...most of the Indian players in IPL don't stand a chance anywhere outside India besides of course the subcontinent....

  • Avais on March 11, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Wow, let me plan my vacation to Caribbean during CPL. Beautiful location, friendly people and entertaining cricket, will be fun.

  • aniket on March 11, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal lol i can bet you are not an indian. You are either pakistani or srilankan fan trying trying defame the indian fan. Have some guts and stop being imposter coz we all know how much you guys hate indian team. And not to mention ipl. As for indians we love gayle pollard naraine and best of luck for CPl. Hope it will be a success this time too. Cheers

  • o on March 11, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    I meant Sammy not Smith, it speaks volumes that all 5 of those captains that played the last IPl (Gayle,Pollard,Narine,Bravo,Sammy) are all among the few foreign players to be retained by their IPL sides and Dwayne Smith one of highest sold. West Indies have always been a force in this format from it's inception even domestically as we saw before the CPl's creation the depleted T&T side competing well every year in the ChampionsT20. It's something the players and fans have all warmed to since day1 I'm surprised the franchise system didn't happen sooner as it's clearly the way to go.

  • o on March 11, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 It was all on BT Sport. I'm pretty sure there is a cap only 3 foreign payers per team. The tournament was very well organised and all sold out crowds I think England should worry about falling further behind in T20 as Dimitri Mascarenhas has already brought up the schedule for the T20 blast is to long and disjointed. The CPL has short time frame, beautiful location and party atmosphere that is hard to compete with added with the most iconic domestic T20's players Worldwide (Gayle Pollard Bravo Narine Smith Samuels)captaining each side and you have a very appealing tournament.

  • faysal on March 11, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Cpl is the worst tournament in the world with some less than ordinary players who just know slogging. Ipl should be only league tournament in the world. We indian needn't to play this ordinary tournament. We are the best.

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