Irfan Pathan might well become the first Indian male cricketer to play in an overseas league. The former India all-rounder has been listed for the Caribbean Premier League player draft that also includes 83 cricketers from Pakistan and the highest 178 from the host nation,
A record 536 players from 20 overseas countries and the West Indies have been named for the Caribbean Premier League draft, scheduled for May 22 in London.
The final list of players who have made themselves available for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League has been sent to the six Hero Caribbean Premier League teams, who will participate in the draft in London,
The number of players that have put their names forward for the draft has increased yet again in 2019. So does the the number of countries from where the overseas players are registered for the CPL 2019.
The 536-player list included the leading T20 talent likes Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer and JP Duminy. Caribbean stars such as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope will be part of the draft.
Speaking about the player response to this year’s draft, Michael Hall, Hero CPL Tournament Operations Director, said: “The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league. Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different.”
Prior to the draft, each franchise will have the option to retain and/or acquire a maximum of six players, although there is no obligation to do so. The players they can potentially retain are as follows:
- Minimum of three (3) West Indian players, a maximum of four (4)
- Maximum of one (1) overseas player, reduced to none if four (4) West Indians retained
- A Marquee Player whether retained or acquired
- An ICC Americas Player, whether retained or acquired
- All retentions will be announced during the live broadcast of the player draft which will be broadcast on the Hero CPL social media channels.
The registered players list includes 35 names from Afghanistan, 18 from Australia, 19 from Bangladesh, 1 from Bermuda, 16 from Canada, 40 from England, 5 from Hongkong, Irfan Pathan from India, 4 from Ireland, 2 from Kenya, 4 from Nepal, 23 from New Zealand, 1 from Oman, 83 from Pakistan, 3 from Scotland, 48 from South Africa, 34 from Sri Lanka, 2 from UAE, 12 from the USA, 10 from Zimbabwe and 178 from the hosts West Indies.