Caribbean Premier League - CPL 2017 Auction drafts

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Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan cricketer to represent in the CPL 2017. (Photo by -/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the years, the Caribbean Premier League has grown in stature and has become one of the most fancied leagues in the world. The CPL 2017 is all set to get underway this year and the auction drafts for the upcoming edition were held on March 10. As many as 258 players went under the hammer across 14 rounds of bidding before the 6 franchises bagged their top preferences. Prior to the auctions, there were a few players that were retained by the franchises.

Pakistani veteran bowler Sohail Tanvir was retained by Guyana Amazon Warriors. St. Lucia franchise had retained hard-hitting South African batsman David Miller, while the Barbados Tridents kept the services of Kieran Pollard with themselves. The auctions began with the first top pick being Sri Lanka T20 specialist Lasith Malinga. Malinga was bought for $130000 by the St. Lucia side and the St. Kitts and Nevis roped in the services of Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris for the same price.

Lendl Simmons has been a known name in West Indies cricket and has handy T20 experience of IPL and CPL to his name. He was bought for a whopping $160000 by the Jamaica Tallawahs. St. Kitts and Nevis bagged Ben Cutting, the Australian pacer who hits the long ball. His batting prowess was at display in the IPL when he played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad last year.

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Afghanistan players were a big delight at the IPL auctions this year. They continued to excel at the auctions of CPL 2017 as well. Mohammad Nabi will be playing for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Leggie Rashid Khan, who was the biggest surprise of IPL 2017 auctions, was signed by Guyana Amazon Warriors.

The Jamaica Tallawahs retained Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim and also bought in another Pakistani player in the form of Mohammad Sami. The steal deal of the auctions was veteran West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels. Samuels was bought by the Guyana franchise for just $30000.

The big man from the Caribbean Islands, who had recently hit the social media with a bang, Rahkeem Cornwall fetched himself a deal with St. Lucia Stars for $10000. There were a few big names that missed out on the auctions as well.

English pacer Tymal Mills was perhaps the most surprising exclusion. Mills recently turned up for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. He was also signed for a whopping second most expensive deal in IPL auctions this year. Among other big names who could not strike a deal in the CPL 2017 drafts are James Neesham, Corey Anderson and Vernon Philander.

Here is a look at all the players bought and retained by the six franchises at the CPL 2017 drafts along with their prices:

Barbados Tridents:

Kieron Pollard ($160000), Kane Williamson ($130000), Shoaib Malik ($110000), Dwayne Smith ($90000), Nicholas Pooran ($70000), Wayne Parnell ($60000), Ravi Rampaul ($40000), Wahab Riaz ($30000), Raymon Reifer ($15000), Christopher Barnwell ($10000), Imran Khan ($7500), Damian Jacobs ($7500), Akeal Hosein ($5000), Ryan Wiggins ($5000), Tino Best ($4000), Shamar Springer ($3000) and Akeem Dolton ($3000).

Guyana Amazon Warriors:

Sohail Tanvir ($160000), Martin Guptill ($130000), Chadwick Walton ($110000), Chris Lynn ($90000), Rayad Emrit ($70000), Rashid Khan ($60000), Jason Mohammed ($40000), Steven Taylor ($30000), Veerasammy Permaul ($150000), Roshon Primus ($100000), Gajanand Singh ($7500), Assad Fudadin ($7500), Keon Joseph ($5000), Steven Jacobs ($5000), Steven Katwaroo ($4000), Shimron Hetmyer ($3000) and Ali Khan ($3000).

Jamaica Tallawahs:

Lendl Simmons ($160000), Kumar Sangakkara ($130000), Shakib Al Hasan ($110000), Imad Wasim ($90000), Rovman Powell ($60000), Gidron Pope ($40000), Kesrick Williams ($30000), Garey Mathurin ($15000), Jon-Ross Jaggesar ($10000), Krishmar Santokie ($7500), Kennar Lewis ($5000), Andre McCarthy ($5000), Oshane Thomas ($4000), Odean Smith ($4000), Oshane Thomas ($3000) and Timroy Allen ($3000).

St. Lucia Stars:

David Miller ($160000), Lasith Malinga ($1300000), Shane Watson ($110000), Darren Sammy ($90000), Johnson Charles ($70000), Andre Fletcher ($60000), Jerome Taylor ($40000), Marlon Samuels ($30000), Kamran Akmal ($15000), Cornwall ($10000), Mayers ($7500), Shillingford ($7500), Leie ($5000) and Lesporis ($5000), Sunil Ambris ($4000), Obed Mccoy ($3000) and Timil Patel ($3000).

Trinbago Knight Riders:

Dwayne Bravo ($1600000), Brendon McCullum ($130000), Sunil Narine ($110000), Hashim Amla ($90000), Darren Bravo ($70000), Denesh Ramdin ($70000), Colin Munro ($40000), Shadab Khan ($30000), Khary Pierre ($15000), Ransford Beaton ($10000), Jevon Searles ($7500), Nikita Miller ($7500), William Perkins ($5000), Kevon Cooper ($5000), Brad Hogg ($4000), Anderson Phillip ($3000) and Hamza Tariq ($3000).

St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots:

Chris Gayle ($160000), Chris Morris ($130000), Ben Cutting ($110000), Mohammad Nabi ($90000), Evin Lewis ($70000), Samuel Badree ($60000), Jonathon Carter ($40000), Tabraiz Shamsi ($40000), Brandon King ($15000), Devon Thomas ($10000), Sheldon Cottrell ($7500), Kieran Powell ($7500), Fabian Allen ($5000), Brooks ($5000), Jeremiah Louis ($4000), Joseph ($3000) and Nikhil Dutta ($3000).

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