CPL 2019: Highlights of the draft and the updated squads
Courtesy some brilliant picks, the Trinbago Knight Riders have further bolstered their squad and look much stronger now.
Published - May 23, 2019 1:54 pm | Updated - May 23, 2019 1:54 pm
The CPL 2019 draft, held on May 22, saw some of the biggest T20 stars bag contracts and the big bucks. Alex Hales, Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana grabbed all the headlines and were amongst the biggest gainers. Each of these three cricketers bagged USD 160,000 after they were picked in the first round. While the English cricketer will ply his trade for the Barbados Tridents, Malinga and Udana will represent St Lucia Stars and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots respectively.
The Caribbean Premier League suffers a cumbersome blow this year as it clashes with the Euro T20 Slam. Thus, regulars such as Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi and Chris Lynn will not be featuring in the tournament. Moreover, Rashid Khan, one of the biggest attractions of the league, has opted for the Euro T20 Slam over the CPL.
DJ Bravo, Andre Russell retained
Two other big names, DJ Bravo and Andre Russell, were retained by Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders respectively. Meanwhile, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have picked Pakistan’s Shadab Khan as a like-for-like replacement of Rashid. The first round of the draft concluded with the leg-spinner’s inclusion into the Warriors’ side.
Both Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle have returned to their respective home franchises. While the right-hander will play for the Knight Riders, the opener has shifted to the Jamaica Tallawahs as their marquee player. Nicholas Pooran is the marquee player for the Guyana team. On the other hand, Jason Holder will be the marquee player for the Barbados Tridents.
The defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, have made two terrific inclusions into the side. New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham and Pakistani pacer Mohammad Hasnain will play for this team. Also, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and USA pacer Ali Khan were retained. Contrarily, Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichanne will now shift his base from the Patriots to the Tridents. Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has got a gig with the Stars this time around.
Alex Hales, Jason Holder, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sandeep Lamichhane, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Imad Wasim, Jonathan Carter, Chemar K Holder, Leniko Boucher, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Joshua Bishop, Hayden Walsh
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Shadab Khan, Nicolas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Ben Laughlin, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Keagan Simmons, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Clinton Pestano, Saurabh Netravalkar
Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell, Zahir Khan, Oshane Thomas, Glenn Phillips, George Worker, Amad Butt, Christopher Lamont, Shamar Springer, Ramaal Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Derval Green, Javelle Glen, Imran Khan, Xavier Marshall
St Lucia Stars
Isuru Udana, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite, Rassie van der Dussen, Laurie Evans, Sheldon Cottrell, Devon Thomas, Rayad Emrit, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Dominic Drakes, Afif Hossain, Keron Cottoy, Akeem Jordan, Usama Mir, Aaron Jones
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Lasith Malinga, Fawad Ahmed, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, John Campbell, Niroshan Dickwella, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roland Cato, Jeavor Royal, Andre McCarthy, Beuran Hendricks, Christopher Barnwell, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar
Trinbago Knight Riders
Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo, Muhammad Hasnain, Khary Pierre, Jimmy Neesham, Seekkuge Prasanna, Amir Jangoo, Anderson Phillip, Mark Deyal, Tion Webster, Javon Searles, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan