Caribbean Premier League 2014

Pietersen signed by St Lucia; Afridi not selected in CPL draft

Renaldo Matadeen

April 4, 2014

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Kevin Pietersen practises his switch hit, Adelaide, December 4, 2013
Kevin Pietersen may miss the first part of the Caribbean Premier League due to county commitments © AFP
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Domestic and international icon players

  • Antigua Hawksbills - Marlon Samuels, Saeed Ajmal
  • Barbados Tridents - Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik
  • Guyana Amazon Warriors - Sunil Narine, Corey Anderson
  • Jamaica Tallawahs - Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan
  • St Lucia Zouks - Darren Sammy, Brad Hodge
  • T&T Red Steel - Dwayne Bravo, Ross Taylor

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen was drafted by St Lucia Zouks for his first season of the Caribbean Premier League. The batsman, however, is likely to miss the first part of the tournament, which starts on July 5, to fulfill his commitments towards Surrey in the NatWest t20 blast. Prior to that, Pietersen will be leading Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2014.

One of the notable omissions during Thursday's draft was Shahid Afridi who was not selected by any franchise. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Daniel Vettori, Tamim Iqbal and Netherlands' Tom Cooper were also not picked. However, the teams have a day to conduct trades and a final list of players for CPL 2014 will be released on Sunday.

Pietersen was the first player to be selected in the draft and had a salary slab of $80,000. He will be part of a squad that includes Brad Hodge, who will also be playing in the CPL for the first time. The franchise also recruited Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir and South Africa's Roelof van der Merwe.

Corey Anderson and Saeed Ajmal were the other big first-time picks in the draft. Anderson, who holds the record for the fastest ODI hundred, was drafted by Guyana Amazon Warriors, while Ajmal, one of the top-ranked bowlers across formats, will join Antigua Hawksbills.

Apart from Ajmal and Tanvir, there will be five other Pakistan players in the tournament - Mohammad Hafeez (Guyana), Ahmed Shehzad (Jamaica Tallawahs), Nasir Jamshed (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel), Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik (Barbados Tridents).

Australia's Adam Voges is another new face and has been drafted by Jamaica, while his compatriot David Hussey will represent Antigua, alongside Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera. Martin Guptill (Guyana), Ireland's Kevin O'Brien (T&T) and Shakib Al Hasan (Barbados) have been retained by their respective franchises in keeping with the trend of the teams sticking to a core group of international players.

A majority of West Indies internationals who were part of the squad that exited from the World T20 on Thursday have also been retained by their respective franchises. Samuel Badree (T&T), Denesh Ramdin, Krishmar Santokie and Lendl Simmons (Guyana), Dwayne Smith (Barbados), Andre Russell (Jamaica), Andre Fletcher (St. Lucia) and Sheldon Cottrell (Antigua) make the list. Johnson Charles has moved from Antigua to St. Lucia for this season, while Ravi Rampaul, who missed the last tournament due to injury, has been selected by Barbados.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

superstar like shahid afridi is nt playing in cpl there is a big loss for cpl bcoz his fan following is all over the world and I am frm india and I am a dye hearted fan of shahid afridi and I am disappointed for nt being participating in cpl

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

MALIK will be. Pak captain. Again BELIVE or not

Posted by gvarun1975 on (April 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

indians who r not picked in IPL like badrinath,Praveen kumar,Munaf Patel should be allowed to play in CPL,so that they can learn to play on foriegn pitches

Posted by Brickdam on (April 5, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

The Guyanese team is stacked. They have Anderson and Narine and Santokie and a few other good players. I must say that I didn't know about the CPL and it is pleasing to see my nation of birth so well off.

I get the feeling Cricket has taken off. Rewarding from a fan's perspective b/c the sport never was shown the 'financial' respect that is being shown now.

I have always been a West Indian fan and now I'm a Amazon Warriors' fan. Go Guyana!!!

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

imran nazir is the king of t20 ====one man army

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

One day CPL may overtake IPL as the most lucrative cricket leagues of the world.. I wonder why IPL only chooses Australians and South Africans only no pakistanis nor associate nation player... CPL is picking a variety of players from test playing nations as well as from the Associate Nations like Ireland, Netherlands and thats CPL is doing right... If CPL gets permitted to pick Indians like Dhoni, Kohli, Sehwag, etc, then no one can stop CPL overtaking IPL...

Posted by   on (April 5, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Guyana should go for Afridi, as they need a quality spinner to partner Narine. He can also bat down the order.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

I think Indian players don't need to ipl is highest quality t20 league so bcci doesn't allow them... I think players also font want to play other leagues ipl is enough and ranji may be chasing

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

dats bad picking from these franchises currently afridi is best t20 player of pak. . but why no Indian players. .bcci shd allow Indian players to play in ram slam, big bash, cpl so dat if we tour overseas we shd get adjusted to the conditions

Posted by wjennifer65 on (April 4, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Afridi refused to be part of CPL last year, so why should he be picked this year. He was offered as an elite player and then again after someone pulled out. That is how Misbah ended up in St Lucia Zouks. He refused TWICE people.

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