Caribbean Premier League news April 1, 2014

Pietersen, Afridi in CPL draft

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • ESPN 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 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!

  • Rob 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

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

  • Cricket 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.

  • Derek 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!

  • Owen 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.

  • B 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Ayaaz on April 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT

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

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