CPL 2018: Pre-tournament Overseas XI

Although there is a temptation to accommodate all these players in, only the best XI can be chosen depending on the dynamics of the side.

Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

The sixth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be played from 8 August 2018 to 16 September 2018. Six teams will be competing in this exhilarating league and the top four teams will qualify for the playoffs. Many of the popular West Indian players participating in the tournament are expected to make it more lively and entertaining.

Apart from the Windies players, the overseas stars who are participating in the tournament this year will be some of the biggest attractions. Some of the most amazing cricketers like David Warner, Ross Taylor, Steve Smith, Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik and others are set to feature in the tournament this year. On that note, here is the best pre-tournament overseas XI for CPL 2018. Although there is a temptation to accommodate all these players in, only the best XI can be chosen depending on the dynamics of the side.

1. Luke Ronchi (wk) | Guyana Amazon Warriors

Luke Ronchi
Luke Ronchi. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

It was a tough choice to pick one between Luke Ronchi and Brendon McCullum. Both these men are openers and have the capability to take the team off to a lightning start. However, Ronchi ends up having an advantage as he doubles up as the wicketkeeper in the side and fits better into this XI.

Post his international retirement, Ronchi is playing various T20 leagues across the world and is also in some sublime form. At the age of 37, Ronchi is proving that age is just a number and has been highly impressive. He was the highest run scorer in the recently concluded PSL with 435 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of 182 and hence will make it into the XI.

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