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.

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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.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (April 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Really? Shoaib Malik ahead of Afridi? - Barbados will regret big time soon. Malik is out of touch and not a player for T20 league.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

If the BCCI gives the nod for the Indian players who r not in the present team , they would regain their lost form and touch . particularly Sehwag and Gambhir , the list may also include Manoj Tiwari , Badrinath , Parthiv Patel , Praveen Kumar , Yusuf and Irfan Pathan , Munaf Patel , Pragyan Ojha , Piyush Chawla . Dinesh Kartik , Saurav Tiwari etc

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

What if Dhoni or Kohli plays CPL ?? I think they will be high paid players ?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

When Kevin is no more wanted by his own nation, lucrative offers seem to come his way He seems to have another 2 to 3 years of Cricket left in him !

While players like Afridi & Dilshan have been left in the lurch, many able players from Pak finding places, may be in lieu of IPL, they have the found their hunting grounds in Caribbean islands .

Posted by rohanblue on (April 4, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

@Manoj Damani BCCI doesnt allow our players to participate any other T20 leagues other than IPL, thats why munaf couldnt take part in england t20 tournament few months back...

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

malik is always a star at leagues and domestic events but doesnt perform even half of it when it comes to internationals. afridi's omission is strange but teams do go with own strategy.

1 more strange thing was the price of sohail tanvir. hafeez and ajmal got good price but both are good value players.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

The BCCI no longer gives NOCs to Indian players for playing T20 outside of the IPL. The only player who has an NOC is Murali Karthik whose NOc for the English T20 elague predates the IPL. No other player has received one since. Even when they get to play county cricket its only for first class and one day games, never for T20.

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 4, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

@Manoj Damani: No, because they know they can play only in India

Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 4, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

yeah surprised at Afridi's omission . BCCI should allow their players to take part in BBL and CPL

Posted by SamWintson92 on (April 4, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

The omissions are perplexing barring Tamim Iqbal as his runs have dried out. I cant understand why no franchise bid for Afridi.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

@Manoj Damani Indian players don't even give their names for auctions and actually they refuse all the offers they get to play in all the premier leagues around the world.They have been continuously refusing even to play in the BIG BASH where I heard they were offered pretty big bucks(not really of IPL level but pretty good nonetheless).The main reason being,they play a lot of cricket and their schedule is very tightly packed with all the national teams around the world continuously trying to get India to play a series which brings in big bucks for them.At times their schedule is so tight that they don't even get to come back to India before heading to another country.(though this year they are surprisingly getting more than 5 months of break from international circuit starting from September)

Posted by lordhereford on (April 4, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Pietersen so good he can bat left handed as well!!

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Any reason Indian players are not selected? Are they unavailable?

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Shoaib Malik is picked based on his performance in CPL last year. He was amongst the highest run getters. It's a shame he doesn't perform for Pakistan that well.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

Unbelievable indeed. Shoaib Malik how does he do it.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

What about mahela

Posted by hunain94 on (April 4, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

no afridi really really really really

Posted by Vaughanographic on (April 4, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Amazing, Shoaib Malik has done it again?! How on earth does he keep getting picked/bought? Flabbergasted

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