CPL 2016 February 2, 2016

Butt, Asif to be part of CPL draft

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mohammad Asif has been registered for the CPL draft, as have Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir © AFP

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who recently returned to competitive cricket after serving five-year bans for spot-fixing, have been registered for the Caribbean Premier League's player draft, which will take place on February 11. The spot-fixing bans on Butt and Asif were lifted in September, and they made their comebacks in Pakistan's domestic cricket in January.

Mohammad Amir, the other player banned for spot-fixing in the Lord's Test of 2010, made his Pakistan comeback during their recent tour of New Zealand. His name is also on the CPL draft list.

Pakistan will be the most represented overseas nationality at the CPL draft, with 37 players including Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik. There will be 34 South African players in the draft, including Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and Vernon Philander, 23 Australians, including Brad Haddin, Michael Hussey, Chris Lynn and Shaun Tait, and 20 Sri Lankans, including Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Thirimanne and Ajantha Mendis.

New Zealand will be represented by 11 players, among whom are Grant Elliott, Colin Munro and Nathan McCullum, and Bangladesh by seven including Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. Outside the Test-playing countries, the draft will also include players from Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland and USA.

In all, 289 players - 157 from West Indies and 132 from overseas - have been registered for the draft. This total does not include the six players - Faf du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson, and one other name set to be revealed ahead of the draft - who will take one 'marquee' spot in each of the six CPL teams. Of the 157 West Indians, 16 have been retained by their teams ahead of the draft.

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  • Cricinfouser on February 3, 2016, 23:45 GMT

    Ajanta. Mendis is good bowler. Why he not given much chance to play for. S. L. He could be good test bowler.

  • shehryar_ashraf on February 3, 2016, 19:04 GMT

    their return to international cricket is inevitable, given the opening batting woes of the team and lack of a good opening bowler to partner Aamir, Irfan was not good enough in the last series

  • Muhammad Irfan on February 3, 2016, 15:44 GMT

    they did harm to their cricket and their nation and luckily both are very forgiving ,learn from your mistakes and best wishes for future

  • Cricinfouser on February 3, 2016, 14:44 GMT

    Amir's come back was ok to me but asif and butt......I don't think so.If I remember correctly they did more than just one spot fixing (conspired against captain,mislead youngster etc.) I don't think he will have a good influence over youngsters

  • sajjadparrey on February 3, 2016, 12:30 GMT

    You do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness. So let us forgive and move on. They were class and if they have it to offer again. Should be given second chance. Every one makes mistakes and Pardon is the word for mistakes.

  • Kabir Kaan on February 3, 2016, 11:36 GMT

    Glad to hear there back playing after they've served their punishment

  • tempus on February 3, 2016, 6:20 GMT

    Try AB DeVilliers as the other marquee player that the CPL are keeping secret.

  • aqib_j154 on February 3, 2016, 0:20 GMT

    With Pakistans problem opening in odi cricket looks like salman butt will have to make a comeback. He's been in amazing form so far on comeback and Azhar Ali and shezad have looked terrible. Looking at how well amir has done hope the boys can forgive salman we need an opener. If he did not mess up he'd be breaking records today. 6 years of cricket missed.

  • KhalifaAD on February 3, 2016, 0:16 GMT

    Asif should play in PSL as Holder and Mustafizur are not playing

  • AFRIDIANS99 on February 2, 2016, 20:20 GMT

    No he ist not a good character for cricket he has no respect

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