Carribean Premier League, CPL 2019 auction is all set to take place on 22nd May in London. The players who are available for the league have submitted their names and a final player draft is given to each of six franchises. Record 536 players have been drafted from 20 countries into the CPL this year.
On this record turnout, here is what Hero CPL Tournament Operations Director, Micheal Halls 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.” – (as taken from the CPL website)
Of all the players, Irfan Pathan has become the first Indian male player to draft his name in CPL T20. If selected, he will become the first Indian male to feature in a major overseas T20 league. The 34-year-old who hasn’t played last 2 seasons of IPL, is now hoping to play at the Carribean.
The BCCI, who in the past has not allowed its players to participate in the overseas T20 leagues, has not given an official word on the NoC being issued to Irfan.
The left arm all-rounder has 301 international wickets in 173 matches played so far. He has also scored 2821 runs in 173 matches. Irfan has proven to be a handy all-rounder for his team over time.
Along with Irfan, CPL also includes the likes of Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer and JP Duminy putting their names forward along with Caribbean stars such as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.
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
(as taken from the CPL website)
The final player list of the CPL can be viewed on their social media handles at 2 pm GMT on 22nd May. CPL’s 7th edition is all set to begin on September 4.