New Delhi: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is set to feature a galaxy of international talent – including Twenty20 heavyweights Francois “Faf” du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Watson – who have all been confirmed into the Player Draft which is set to take place in Barbados on Thursday, 11 February.
This will be the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players in the CPL Draft and they need little introduction having been ranked amongst the game’s leading T20 exponents in recent years. The identity of the final marquee player will be announced closer to the Draft.
All marquee players will enter the Player Draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The 2016 edition of the CPL is set to be played over a six-week period from the end of June until the first week of August, with this year’s fixtures to be announced in due course.
Each squad has increased from 15 to 17 players (though franchises also have an option to have a current West Indies Cricket Board player as part of their squad) which must include the following; one ‘marquee’ player, one representative from the ICC Americas, one West Indies Under-19, five overseas (with four permitted to feature in any matchday starting XI) and 10 West Indies qualified players.
The full list of players to be enrolled in the Draft will be unveiled on Tuesday.