It’s going to be an exciting summer of T20 cricket. We’ve just had the PSL which took international cricket back to Pakistan since the 2009 attack. We’ve had the crazy IPL draft which saw some phenomenal prices for players. Now it’s the turn of the Caribbean Super League.
Six franchises will be aiming to fill their squads from a pool of 258 players through a draft process. Each round the value decreases such as a player bought in the 15th round will earn $4000.
The teams are defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks, Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.
As per CPL draft rules, each franchise can sign one high-profile player and retain up to three players ahead of the draft. Four cricketers must originate from the franchise’s region. The squad size should not exceed 17. The total salary cap for each franchise is $780k with the marquee signing bracket will see cricketers earn themselves $160,000 over the tournament.
There was plenty of major news coming from the Caribbean Super League before the draft had taken place.
Chris Gayle will be moving from defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs to the Patriots as their marquee signing.
Meanwhile Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain is signing with Barbados as their marquee signing whilst his fellow compatriot Martin Guptill was retained by the Warriors.
Kumar Sangakarra is signing with the champions Tallawahs but not as the marquee signing as Lendl Simmons was promoted to that after the transfer of Chris Gayle.
The dashing Brendon McCullum is signing with Trinbago Knight Riders as their marquee signing.
There are a host of players to keep your eyes out for including the million-dollar left-armer Tymal Mills, Corey Anderson, Farhaan Berhadien, Kamran Akmal, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Nabi, Vernon Philander, Brad Haddin and others are all in contention.
Local eye-catching picks will include Marlon Samuels, Devendra Bishoo ( both currently at the Hong Kong Sixers tournament), Suliemann Benn and Gabriel.
The CPL draft took place on 10th March, 10am Barbados time or 2pm GMT.
There were plenty of surprises in the first eight rounds.
Ben Cutting was the Patriots third pick boosting their bowling which includes T20 specialist Krishmar Santokie, all-rounder Thisara Perera, Tino Best, Samuel Badree, Tabraiz Shamsi and Alzarri Joseph.
Wicket-keeper batsman Chaldwick Walton was surprisingly the third-round pick for the Amazon Warriors ahead of last year’s leading run scorer Chris Lynn. With a hundred v England in a warm up game and a hundred v Trinidad and Tobago, the Warriors will need him to fire.
After blazing the IPL, Afghani duo Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi (both bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore and Rs 30 lakh respectively) continued their surge in franchise cricket as both men were picked up within the first eight rounds. Mohammed Nabi was the Patriots fourth pick whilst spinner Rashid Khan was the Warriors’ sixth pick.
After a very successful PSL, 18-year old sensation Shadab Khan will be signing for Trinbago Knight Riders as he carries on his phenomenal surge into international stardom.