CPL 2019: Pakistan's Shadab Khan headlines host of star names picked in player draft

Waseem Ahmed 08:56 23/05/2019
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Shadab Khan (l) will turn out for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan was among some big names picked up by various franchises during the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player draft held on Wednesday.

Shadab, who had missed the 2018 edition, was picked up by Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first round of the draft. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and England’s Alex Hales were two other big names picked up in the draft with the former being snapped up by St Lucia Stars while the latter went the way of Barbados Tridents.

19-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain bagged his maiden CPL contract with the youngster being picked up by defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. Meanwhile, senior Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz was retained by his franchise Barbados Tridents.

Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who played for St Kitt and Nevis Patriots in the previous edition, has now moved to Barbados Tridents. Niroshan Dickwella found a taker for his services as well with the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper batsman being picked up by St Lucia Stars.

West Indies veteran opener Chris Gayle returned to his home franchise Jamaica Tallawahs as a marquee player while Kieron Pollard made a return to Trinbago Knight Riders. Windies skipper Jason Holder was chosen as the marquee player for Barbados while Nicholas Pooran will play the same role for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Big-hitting Andre Russell was retained by Jamaica Tallawahs along with veteran Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

The 2019 edition of the CPL is set to get underway in September this year. Several big names such as Afghanistan leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan and Australia’s Chris Lynn have chosen to give the tournament a miss this time after signing up for the inaugural Euro T20 Slam as marquee players.

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