The premier domestic T20 competition of West Indies cricket – the CPL is all set to kick off its 2016 edition in July 2016.
The final of CPL T20 2015 was played between Barbados Tridents and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. Tridents and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel lifted the trophy for the first time. So, we have seen 3 different CPL champions in 3 tournaments so for – T&T Red Steel in 2015, Barbados Tridents in 2014 and Jamaica Tallawahs in 2013.
The player auction for CPL 2016 were held recently on 11th February, 2016. A lot of the big guns of the T20 circuit in the international arena were a part of the auctions.
Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir was a coveted pick and was up by Guyana Amazon Warriors for $160,000. He was joined by West Indies internationals Lendl Simmons (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots), Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs), Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders), Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents) and South Africa’s David Miller (Zouks) for the top category.
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers and teammate Faf du Plessis were picked up by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots alongside Australian international Brad Hodge. West Indies power hitter Kieron Pollard and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik will join de Villiers at St Kitts. Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal and all-rounder Imad Wasim were picked up for $70,000 each by Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively.
Australian Shane Watson will join Michael Hussey as well as West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy at the Zouks. Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara will return to the Jamaica Tallawahs where he is joined by Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Sunil Narine will be joined by South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Bravo as well as former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at Trinbago Knight Riders. Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill will play for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
However, there were no places in Thursday’s selection for the tainted Pakistan trio Mohammad Aamir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif who were found guilty of spot fixing at the 2010 Lord’s Test against England.