CPL players draft to feature 228 cricketers

The players draft for the second edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be held on April 3 in Kingston, Jamaica, and will include 228 players. In a release, the CPL said 121 overseas players had signed up for the draft, which is more than five times the number of overseas players in the 2013 draft.

English cricketers will feature in the tournament for the first time this year, if drafted in by the franchises, the CPL said. Players from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka have also signed up. West Indies aside, Australia will have the largest representation at the draft, with 30 players lining up, including 15 internationals.

The release said: “The vast majority of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad has also signed up. New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka are also well represented, and the draft will include several current and former international captains, leading Test stars, T20 specialists and limited-overs legends.”

The full list will be made public on March 17. The tournament will be played in July and August. Jamaica Tallawahs had won the inaugural edition, ahead of Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel; these same six franchises which will play the 2014 competition.