Caribbean Premier League 2014

CPL players draft to feature 228 cricketers

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March 10, 2014

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The Jamaica Tallawahs team with the trophy, Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Caribbean Premier League 2013, final, Port-of-Spain, August 24, 2013
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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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Posted by android_user on (March 11, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

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

Posted by android_user on (March 11, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

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

Posted by SirViv1973 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by wolf777 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....

Posted by avmd 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.

Posted by scarrule 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

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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.

Posted by ahmedfaysal 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.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 0:05 GMT)

CPL is a much better tournament than IPL, focus is on Cricket. CPL Cheerleaders are much prettier and dance better than IPL. Climate is wonderful, grounds exquisite and crowd sensational. CPL should allow up to 6 international players in each game and also extend their franchise to USA (especially Florida and New York).

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 10, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

We didn't really hear much about the inaugural tournament here in Eng. It wasn't televised & unless it really takes off I don't think we will see it here as it comes at the height of the Eng summer when domestic & international cricket are being showcased. However it seems like they are trying to mirror the IPL by signing a large number of overseas players which I don't think is a very shrewd move. The BPL tried something similar and look what happened to them. 121 players split over just 6 franchises is 20 per franchise with the domestic players as well how is everyone going to get a game. Surely it would have been more sense to limit each franchise to no more than 5 or 6 quality overseas stars with at least 7 home grown players in each starting line up. Half of the Aus players in the draft haven't even played Int cricket!

Posted by ARad on (March 10, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

IPL, a private franchise system, is using its monopolistic ties with BCCI to limit the income of Indian cricketers for the sake of the profits of the owners of IPL franchises. Sadly, since any player who decides to speak out against BCCI/IPL may put his career in danger and since most Indian fans mistakenly associate the success of IPL with the welfare of the Indian public rather than with the private welfare of the IPL owners, this truth will not receive a lot of traction inside India.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

indian players are not playing but the pakistanis are and that more than compensate for those bcci players. this is a wonderful tournament and is gaining in status. good luck.

Posted by sapnil2000 on (March 10, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

i think tamim mushfiq, nasir,anamul hauque and shamsur will get call from cpl besides shakib, the superstar

Posted by gvarun1975 on (March 10, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

please allow indian players who are not selected by IPL franchises to play in other leagues like CPL,SLPL and Big Bash so that they can atleast gain some experience on foriegn pitches

Posted by Desihungama on (March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

CPL all the way as it is purely a business and cricketing venture that does not discriminate against any particular country. It's not always about the money. International cricketers earn enough and are most keen to showcase their talents than to roll in the bed with money.

Posted by blu_gg on (March 10, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

I've been to the CPL games here in Jamaica and its a wonderful atmosphere. Caribbean people on a whole knows how to enjoy themselves. We don't only have dancing girls but everyone in the crowd is partying and having an awesome time... The Caribbean is always about partying and carnivals.... Truly wish I got to see some of my Indian players like my favorite MSD... Oh well! Its truly amazing and we're inviting everyone to come to the party!

Posted by GrindAR on (March 10, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

BCCI is hampering its players from getting exposed to playing multiple regions. Aussies are doing that very well and so their team is growing strong and consistent in any country situations... Not sure why BCCI is hampering player's skills development opportunities

Posted by scarrule on (March 10, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Tanstell87 actually that not true even if some of our domestic cricketer plays but at bbl we were busy playing against SA and NZ so i don't anyone will prefer BBL over that and i think there england tour in cpl time so i don't many idnain will watch because of that, and all current indian team even 2nd string team is centrally contracted and they already earn very much through BCCi to play in any other league than IPl. Though i'm strong supporter for them to play county cricket. Anyway best of luck for CPL. :)

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (March 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

I'm not surprised. The CPL was fantastically organised and will quickly become the second most desirable T20 tournament after the IPL due to the beautiful location, time-frame and success of West Indies T20 players both internationally and domestically around the world.

The only thing I'd suggest is only allowing foreign players who can play at least 3/4 of the tournament. I'm not a fan of players turning up for final few game of tournaments as supporters and viewers need to build a familiarity/association with teams.

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 10, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

@Sambamoorthy Sivaramasubramanian - BCCI is keeping Indian players exclusive only for IPL...may be they are of view that if the Indian superstars play in other leagues the value of IPL will drop...but Indian fans are missing out seeing their players in BBL & CPL.

Posted by wolf777 on (March 10, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

I don't think there are any Indian players in the draft? Are there? BCCI is just too arrogant….

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

In a draft, players get paid a fixed value based on the round they got picked (i.e., first round picks get the highest, last round picks get the lowest). The CPL draft is a little bit more complex than this, with players grouped into categories, but the idea is the same.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Why Indian players are not participating ? Any reasons. Atleast those who are not in Indian Test,ODI,T20 Squad should be encouraged to play, This will help at least the uncapped players to gain international experiance

Posted by TeamSelector on (March 10, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

How is the CPL 'Draft' different to the IPL 'Auction'? To me, an auction means you go the highest bidder. Whereas a draft, implies that 'someone' decides to select/pick you. Am I correct or not?

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