Caribbean Premier League news April 1, 2014

Pietersen, Afridi in CPL draft

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Kevin Pietersen, Shahid Afridi, Mahela Jayawardene and Daniel Vettori are among the big names set to be drafted into Caribbean Premier League teams on Thursday, while the likes of Ross Taylor, Saeed Ajmal and Muttiah Muralitharan have already been assigned franchises. The tournament will feature the six teams that participated last year, and will be played over July and August.

The cancellation of this year's Sri Lanka Premier League has made a greater pool of players available, though Sri Lanka's Test cricketers will still be occupied by the home series against South Africa until July 28. India's tour of England will also be ongoing, though players like Dimitri Mascaranhas and Owais Shah, who are unlikely to play a part on that tour, will be available in the draft.

Players picked in the first round of the draft will receive contracts worth $80,000, with payments decreasing incrementally to $5,000 by the 13th round. Each franchise must end with a squad of 19 players, six of whom must be registered to the local cricket board for the home territory or country of the franchise. Two cricketers - one West Indies player and one international - must be pre-selected by each franchise, and the salary cap is $350,000 per team.

In all, the draft will contain 32 players from Australia, 26 from Pakistan, 23 from South Africa, 13 from New Zealand and 11 from Sri Lanka. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal will also be up for grabs, as will Zimbabwe's Ray Price, Ireland's Kevin O' Brien and Netherlands' Tom Cooper.

Last year's inaugural CPL had proved popular with fans and players, with the tournament also garnering significant corporate attention.

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  • on May 25, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Sony Six will broadcast CPL as they did last year too...lookin forward to it anxiously. No doubt it brings the best in sport...

  • Usman_Jilani on April 3, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    For me Afridi, Gayle and Pietersen are the most entertaining players in modern Cricket, and would love to see them playing for the same club!

  • Happy_hamster on April 3, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    vipinchirackal on (April 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT) Surely one of the most ignorant comments ever posted on here 1. West Indies is not actually a country & ". It is not in Africa it is in the Caribbean Sea (apart from Guyana) off the coast of the American land masses.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Guyana, we want Hafeez back... No pakistan players this time around?

  • itsqashi on April 2, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I am waiting for KP to play and showed the potential he still has. No doubt he is amoung best player in all form of cricket. Love to see Afridi when he is booming.

  • delboy on April 2, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @xylofon economics is a simple discipline. Players get paid, so someone buys up the rights to the games. They then sell those rights on to various (or exclusively to one company to guarantee restricted distribution channels). That allows the broadcasting company to show the games live PPV or by whatever method the choose to their subscribers. If you want to see the games you must ensure you are prepared to pay what it costs to secure it for your pleasure... No free lunch!

  • Harlequin. on April 2, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    This will definitely be the league to watch. Being Caribbean, we can expect entertainment as standard, but where the CPL also beats the IPL is in a wider selection of foreign talent. IPL teams seem too eager to ignore players based on which country they are from, whereas the CPL seems much more open-minded. Players from all around the globe, as well as associate players will make for much more interesting viewing.

    I can see a lot of fans travelling from other countries to watch a game or two and combine it with a holiday. Should be great for Windies cricket and their economies.

  • xylofon on April 2, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Ive seen eurosport 2 showing the champions league game sometimes (and only a few matches, never the full tournament) so where will we be able to see it? Sky sports has a hundred channels, shouldnt they be able to make it worldwide?

    If key international players go to a league theres no point in raving about it unless we can SEE the matches.

    And forget PPV.

  • on April 2, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @shiminhaj. If those figures are right, the batter with the best average (i.e. runs/game: excluding not outs) is ... ah yes: Kevin Pietersen. So when and where do those figures come from? And, if they are relatively current, why wasn't the best player in the world (on those stats) picked for Engl ... ah yes, Cook is going to clarify that!

  • AyaazBhat on April 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Which channel will broadcast CPL in India? Last time I dint find it here(being telecasted)!

  • on May 25, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Sony Six will broadcast CPL as they did last year too...lookin forward to it anxiously. No doubt it brings the best in sport...

  • Usman_Jilani on April 3, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    For me Afridi, Gayle and Pietersen are the most entertaining players in modern Cricket, and would love to see them playing for the same club!

  • Happy_hamster on April 3, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    vipinchirackal on (April 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT) Surely one of the most ignorant comments ever posted on here 1. West Indies is not actually a country & ". It is not in Africa it is in the Caribbean Sea (apart from Guyana) off the coast of the American land masses.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Guyana, we want Hafeez back... No pakistan players this time around?

  • itsqashi on April 2, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I am waiting for KP to play and showed the potential he still has. No doubt he is amoung best player in all form of cricket. Love to see Afridi when he is booming.

  • delboy on April 2, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @xylofon economics is a simple discipline. Players get paid, so someone buys up the rights to the games. They then sell those rights on to various (or exclusively to one company to guarantee restricted distribution channels). That allows the broadcasting company to show the games live PPV or by whatever method the choose to their subscribers. If you want to see the games you must ensure you are prepared to pay what it costs to secure it for your pleasure... No free lunch!

  • Harlequin. on April 2, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    This will definitely be the league to watch. Being Caribbean, we can expect entertainment as standard, but where the CPL also beats the IPL is in a wider selection of foreign talent. IPL teams seem too eager to ignore players based on which country they are from, whereas the CPL seems much more open-minded. Players from all around the globe, as well as associate players will make for much more interesting viewing.

    I can see a lot of fans travelling from other countries to watch a game or two and combine it with a holiday. Should be great for Windies cricket and their economies.

  • xylofon on April 2, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Ive seen eurosport 2 showing the champions league game sometimes (and only a few matches, never the full tournament) so where will we be able to see it? Sky sports has a hundred channels, shouldnt they be able to make it worldwide?

    If key international players go to a league theres no point in raving about it unless we can SEE the matches.

    And forget PPV.

  • on April 2, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @shiminhaj. If those figures are right, the batter with the best average (i.e. runs/game: excluding not outs) is ... ah yes: Kevin Pietersen. So when and where do those figures come from? And, if they are relatively current, why wasn't the best player in the world (on those stats) picked for Engl ... ah yes, Cook is going to clarify that!

  • AyaazBhat on April 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Which channel will broadcast CPL in India? Last time I dint find it here(being telecasted)!

  • on April 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    one of the best leagues in recent times

  • encephalization on April 2, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    vipinchirackal: I'm not sure you can call the Carribean "an African country"..

    I don't see why this wouldn't be a success and the players are probably more likely to receive their pay in the West Indies than in Bangladesh (for example). Very happy to see this progress, hopefully we will be able to catch some of the action on TV!

  • shiminhaj on April 2, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Dear, JURY Please look this Schedle..........

    Quick Links ICC World T20: Points Table | Schedule | Squads | News | IPL 7 Schedule Home » T20 Statistics » T20 World Cup Most Runs Highest Run Getters Players Country Runs Matches 6s 4s DPMD Jayawardene Sri Lanka 858 25 22 91 CH Gayle West Indies 664 18 43 56 TM Dilshan Sri Lanka 632 25 12 75 KC Sangakkara Sri Lanka 590 25 10 55 KP Pietersen England 580 15 17 60 BB McCullum New Zealand 552 21 14 62 G Gambhir India 524 21 6 61 AB De Villiers South Africa 478 21 18 31 Kamran Akmal Pakistan 476 26 16 42 Yuvraj Singh India 441 21 27 27

  • vipinchirackal on April 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    what will be the commercial prospect in a league happening at an african country like west indies.

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I don't know if you remember Shakeeb's spell of 4:6:6 for Barbados??

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Lol!! Hodge and Sammy in same team

  • shiminhaj on April 2, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Indians-love-flattracks, Mahela is the star player T20 world cup who is highest runs taker do u know?

  • Ruhel420 on April 2, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Remembering the spell of 4.6.6 by Shakib Al Hasan for Barbados Tridents!! -I have enjoyed the 1st season of this tournament ... Hope it will be more attractive this season.. Some big boyes gonna join in the party now!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 2, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Some very big overseas names here Afridi KP Anderson Ajmal Shehzad Philander Mahela Hodge Akmal Dilshan Sangakkara Ryder Guptill Taylor Shakib Tamim Nannes Cooper Chigumburra Tait County Cricket fans will notice 2 of the best overseas bowlers from last years fpt20 Mitchell McClenaghan and Junaid Khan have also entered the CPL. It's going to be hard for County cricket with the new disjointed Blast format to compete with the beauty of the Caribbean and a much more compact glitzy tournament . . .ECB falling further behind.

  • on April 2, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    @Bipin Dani: I don't know if you read the story properly or you may not be aware, India will be touring England at that time.

  • D-Train on April 2, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    Where can we find a full list of players nominating for the CPL?

  • on April 2, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    remembering that speel of Sakib 4-6--6 ???

  • Indians-love-flattracks on April 1, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Mahela not a star...hahaaa yeah right

    Either you being blatantly ignorant, or simply not seen him play

    One of the leading scorers in the format, There's reason franchises are after him.

  • Click_Click_Cricket on April 1, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    St Lucia Zouks should get Shakib to create a strong SPIN option with useful batting. It will work even better for Guyana Amazon Warriors by having a dependable combination of LEFT (Shakib) and RIGHT (Narine) arm spin option.

  • on April 1, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    shahid afridi will good in this game

  • on April 1, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    we need afghan players in CPL this our right we just want afghan players in CPL

  • rayinto on April 1, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Too Bad the Indian players are missing out on this tournament. West Indians enjoy watching Indian players too.

  • seo7seo on April 1, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I think we will see more leagues in other countries also. It is good for players as they have a chance to earn more money. However, this phenomenon will certainly come down with the passage of time. As we can see the only positive about these IPL type leagues is players earning money. We all know crowd needs something new on daily basis. I don't think these leagues will not be able to become a substitute for matches like India vs Pakistan or Australia vs England in Ashes. Hence, for some years in near future I am sure these leagues will dominate/dictate/destroy cricket around the globe. Evolution is the other name of life. We can't stop it.

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Indian capped players may not want to play in other countries T20 league also because of their busy schedules it's very hard fir them find some spare time to spend their families and friends

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Some very big overseas names here Afridi KP Anderson Ajmal Shehzad Philander Mahela Hodge Hussey Akmal Dilshan Sangakkara Ryder Guptill Taylor Tait Sakib Tamim Chigumbura Nannes County Cricket fans will notice 2 of the best overseas bowlers from last year Mitchell McClenaghan and Junaid Khan have entered the CPL. It's going to be hard for County cricket with that new disjointed Blast format to compete with the beauty of the Caribbean and much more compact glitzy tournament . . .ECB falling behind yet again.

  • Jury on April 1, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @vish2020 - Are you kidding me? Mahela is one of the best T20 players around. Look at his record T20Is 53 innings 1469 Runs 100 highest score 32.64 Average 134 Strike Rate

  • Dracster on April 1, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    vish2020 - No offence but you need to get your Facts Right

  • Frayninho21 on April 1, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Brad Hodge has done well to get himself a 'star name' draft.

  • Shajadul on April 1, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Sakib will be one of the most handy all rounder in WI condition....Mushfiq and Nasir can be a great addition too....

  • i_amVIVA on April 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Anamul from BD could be a good choice for teams to consider with little expese probably....

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Indian's players does not have time

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Why the BCCI not allowing Indian players to participate in other countries whereas the players from other nations participate in IPL ?

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  • on April 1, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Why the BCCI not allowing Indian players to participate in other countries whereas the players from other nations participate in IPL ?

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Indian's players does not have time

  • i_amVIVA on April 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Anamul from BD could be a good choice for teams to consider with little expese probably....

  • Shajadul on April 1, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Sakib will be one of the most handy all rounder in WI condition....Mushfiq and Nasir can be a great addition too....

  • Frayninho21 on April 1, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Brad Hodge has done well to get himself a 'star name' draft.

  • Dracster on April 1, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    vish2020 - No offence but you need to get your Facts Right

  • Jury on April 1, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @vish2020 - Are you kidding me? Mahela is one of the best T20 players around. Look at his record T20Is 53 innings 1469 Runs 100 highest score 32.64 Average 134 Strike Rate

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Some very big overseas names here Afridi KP Anderson Ajmal Shehzad Philander Mahela Hodge Hussey Akmal Dilshan Sangakkara Ryder Guptill Taylor Tait Sakib Tamim Chigumbura Nannes County Cricket fans will notice 2 of the best overseas bowlers from last year Mitchell McClenaghan and Junaid Khan have entered the CPL. It's going to be hard for County cricket with that new disjointed Blast format to compete with the beauty of the Caribbean and much more compact glitzy tournament . . .ECB falling behind yet again.

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Indian capped players may not want to play in other countries T20 league also because of their busy schedules it's very hard fir them find some spare time to spend their families and friends

  • seo7seo on April 1, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I think we will see more leagues in other countries also. It is good for players as they have a chance to earn more money. However, this phenomenon will certainly come down with the passage of time. As we can see the only positive about these IPL type leagues is players earning money. We all know crowd needs something new on daily basis. I don't think these leagues will not be able to become a substitute for matches like India vs Pakistan or Australia vs England in Ashes. Hence, for some years in near future I am sure these leagues will dominate/dictate/destroy cricket around the globe. Evolution is the other name of life. We can't stop it.