CPL 2019 draft date announced: Record number of players to enter
The final list of players, who have made themselves available for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2019), has been sent to franchise teams ahead of the draft scheduled to take place at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London on May 22, Wednesday 2019.
Each team will have the option to retain a maximum number of six players. The players that they can potentially retain are as follows. The teams, however, have no obligations to retain any players from the 2018 squads.
• Three (3) West Indian players
• One (1) Overseas player
• The team’s Marquee Player from 2018
• The team’s ICC Americas Player from 2018
This year, a record number of 536 players from 20 overseas countries and the West Indies are available to be picked by the six Hero CPL teams.
The list, therefore, included some of the best T20 players in the world with the likes of Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer and JP Duminy along with Caribbean stars such as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.
Speaking about the player response to this year’s draft, Michael Hall, Hero CPL Tournament Operations Director, said,
“The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league.
“Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different,” he said further.