CPL 2018: Players' draft has been finalized for sixth edition
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CPL 2018: Players’ draft has been finalized for sixth edition

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In the CPL, Trinbago Knight Riders is the reigning champions. Photo Credit: CPL.

The sixth edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is beginning on August 8. The draft for players stays finalized for the riveting competition. The management submitted the report to all six teams housed by the CPL.

Moreover, the draft is going to be held in London on March 1st, according to the CPL release.

Interestingly, the professional domestic competition has witnessed a major surge season after another. Players have turned huge in number – to register for the draft.

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Pete Russell ecstatic to witness quality response for CPL. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CPL, Pete Russell, stated he is happy to witness the massive outcome. He also remarked quality players had expressed interest in being the part of a tournament.

“We are delighted with the response that we have had to the Hero CPL draft this year. Every year we have seen an increase in the standard of players who want to be part of the Biggest Party in Sport, and 2018 is no different.” Russell said in a release.

Pakistan dominates CPL:

As many as 53 players have been listed in the pool of a draft from Pakistan. 32 cricketers from Sri Lanka would subsequently follow it.

With the final list coming to the fore, the participation has increased to the number of countries as well.

Interestingly, the players from 18 countries could fetch the possible lucrative deals.

Some of the veteran players for the selection procedure include Brendon McCullum, Shahid Afridi, Hashim Amla, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Amir and Chris Lynn.

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From white-ball freedom to CPL. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Apart from that, T20 specialist D’arcy Short, Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Adil Rashid will be available for the for the draft leg.

On the other side, a major chunk of overseas players has shown the keen interesting which goes round of 50 percent.

However, the Windies T20 league has further seen 36 percent turnout regarding the registration of players.

After the CPL idea was floated in 2013, the league has already grabbed the headlines for entertaining the crowd.

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CPL improves season after another. Photo Credit: CPL.

In the fifth edition, 151 overseas players have put up their names for the draft. It extended to 227 for the upcoming edition on the Caribbean shores.

So much so, 107 local Windies cricketers nominated in the 2017 draft list. It further rose to 121 for the sixth year.
With no international fixture for Windies that time around, the national players will be participating in the homebound competition.

The players listed in the CPL draft are from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh.

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Trinbago clinches two titles so far. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the other side, the Associate Nations also include United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Scotland, Hong Kong, Oman, Nepal, and the USA.

The players can be inducted from the USA squad. They could also retain while considering the previous edition and the Super50 competition.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor