Kevin Pietersen will find out on Thursday evening which side he will play for in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League with the Draft taking place in Jamaica.
Over 200 players from around the globe are up for grabs including the likes of superstars Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Vettori with six teams battling it out for their services in the second season in the West Indies.
Each team will have one International Franchise Player with last year’s champions Jamaica Tallawahs keeping cricket’s most successful international bowler ever, Muttiah Muralitharan while CPL 2013’s leading run-scorer, Shoaib Malik is kept on by Barbados Tridents. Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel have also retained New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
Meanwhile, Antigua Hawkbills have recruited Saeed Ajmal who is currently the top wicket-taker in T20 Internationals. Corey Anderson has signed for Guyana Amazon Warriors and Australian T20 specialist, Brad Hodge will also make his CPL debut for St Lucia Zouks.
Over 100 Caribbean players will be joined by some of the world’s finest competitors with 32 Australians in the mix including the likes of David Hussey, Shaun Tait and 2014 Big Bash winner Brad Hogg.
26 Pakistani players will be hoping to spend time in the West Indies in July and August too with Umar Gul, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Ahmed Shahzad joining Afridi in a star studied pool of players from Pakistan.
The Draft will take place on Thursday evening (8.30pm UK time) in Kingston, Jamaica and is live on the CPL website.
South Africa are also heavily represented with Herschelle Gibbs, Vernon Philander and Lonwabo Tsotsobe amongst the headline players who have put their name forward while Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan will join Sangakkara as part of Sri Lanka’s offering in this year’s Draft.
Four Englishmen are also in contention with former internationals Dimitri Mascarenhas, Owais Shah and Simon Jones joining the biggest name in the 2014 Draft, Pietersen.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe all have representation in the draft to give the six clubs even more choice than in the opening year of the tournament.
Chief Executive of the Caribbean Premier League Damien O’Donohoe has told cplt20.com he is delighted with the talent the six teams will have to choose between.
“I’m thrilled by the quality of the players in the Draft this year, which includes a great mix of established international stars, T20 specialists and exciting Caribbean talent.
“Word has obviously spread about CPL, and with the high standard of cricket and the unique Caribbean carnival atmosphere, this year’s competition will be, without doubt, the Biggest Party in Sport.”
For a full list of every player in the 2014 CPL Draft please click here.
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