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Afridi goes to St Kitts & Nevis


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Afridi goes to St Kitts & Nevis

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KINGSTON – Pakistan’s brilliant all-rounder Shahid Afridi was the star pick in the Player Draft for the 2015 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as new boys St Kitts and Nevis made an immediate impact.

The competition’s newest team were the only side to have a pick in the opening round after the other five decided to retain their number one choice from last year and they used it to sign up the Pakistan batsman, who is known as “Boom Boom” for his huge hitting.

Other international stars Lasith Malinga (Guyana), Jacques Kallis (Trinidad), Ross Taylor (St Lucia) and Mahela Jayawardene (Jamaica) were picked in the second round along with West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, who, like Afridi, was picked up by St Kitts and Nevis.

Barbados skipper Kieron Pollard said the reigning champions were delighted with the line-up they finished up with.

kieronpollardtridents“We got what we wanted,” he said. “We retained the core of our team and tried to go for a different direction, looking for more hungry players, and we did exactly what we wanted to do. We knew we wanted Jason Holder on the fifth pick and we got him.”

Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo was at the draft and was pleased with their selection, which includes South African all-rounder Kallis.

He said: “We are very happy. Last night [Wednesday] we discussed it and went through all the options, and everything went according to plan.

“We are very happy to get Jacques Kallis – he was the main pick for us. We have a very exciting opener in Cameron Delport, and a great wicket keeper and batter in Kamran Akmal. The CPL is a great tournament. We have been in the semi-finals two years in a row so hopefully we can go one further this year.”

St Lucia Zouks team ambassador Sir Andy Roberts said they were happy with their selection.

 “The St Lucia pitch is the most fast bowling of the pitches, so we stocked up on good quality fast bowlers.

“In 2013 and 2014 we didn’t draft as well – this year we tried to cover every angle as well as possible. We would have liked to have got Afridi but were pipped by St Kitts – who also pipped us to Sohail Tanvir. We were also at a disadvantage because of the retained players so we had to choose from the rest.”

Barbados Tridents:

Round 1 Kieron Pollard $150 000; Round 2 Shoaib Malik $100 000

Round 3 Dwayne Smith $80 000; Round 4 Ravi Rampaul $70 000

Round 5 Jason Holder $50 000; Round 6 Rayad Emrit $40 000

Round 7 Dilshan Munaweera $30 000; Round 8 Jonathan Carter $20 000

Round 9 Justin Ontong $15 000; Round 10 Ashley Nurse $10 000

Round 11 Robin Peterson $10,000; Round 12 Akeal Hosein $5 000

Round 13 Marvin Stewart $5 000; Round 14 Shai Hope $5 000

Round 15 Kyle Corbin $5 000

St Kitts & Nevis

Round 1 Shahid Afridi $150 000; Round 2 Marlon Samuels $100 000

Round 3 Sohail Tanvir $80 000; Round 4 Sheldon Cotterell $70 000

Round 5 Martin Guptill $50 000; Round 6 Carlos Brathwaite $40 000

Round 7 Evin Lewis $30 000; Round 8 Devon Thomas $20 000

Round 9 Raymon Reifer $15 000; Round 10 Tabraiz Shamsi $10 000

Round 11 Orlando Peters $10 000; Round 12 Tonito Willett $5 000

Round 13 Nicholas Pooran $5 000; Round 14 Jacques Taylor $5 000

Round 15 Justin Athanaze $5 000

Guyana Amazon Warriors

Round 1 Sunil Narine $150 000; Round 2 Lasith Malinga $100 000

Round 3 Tilakaratne Dilshan $80 000; Round 4 Lendl Simmons $70 000

Round 5 Denesh Ramdin $50 000; Round 6 Thisara Perera $40 000

Round 7 Christopher Barnwell $30 000; Round 8 Brad Hodge $20 000

Round 9 Veerasammy Permaul $15 000; Round 10 Ronsford Beaton $10 000

Round 11 Shivnarine Chanderpaul $10 000; Round 12 Devendra Bishoo $5 000

Round 13 Trevon Griffith $5 000; Round 14 Assad Fudadin $5 000

Round 15 Paul Wintz $5 000

Jamaica Tallawahs

Round 1 Chris Gayle $150 000; Round 2 Mahela Jayawardene $100 000

Round 3 Andre Russell $80 000; Round 4 Chris Lynn $70 000

Round 5 Daniel Vettori $50 000; Round 6 Jerome Taylor $40 000

Round 7 Nikita Miller $30 000; Round 8 Chadwick Walton $20 000

Round 9 Krishmar Santokie $15 000; Round 10 Rusty Theron $10 000

Round 11 Narsingh Deonarine $10 000; Round 12 David Bernard Jr $5 000

Round 13 Nkrumah Bonner $5 000; Round 14 Jermaine Blackwood $5 000

Round 15 Horace Miller $5 000

St Lucia Zouks

Round 1 Darren Sammy $150 000; Round 2 Ross Taylor $100 000

Round 3 Kevin Pietersen $80 000; Round 4 Johnson Charles $70 000

Round 5 Shakib al Hasan $50 000; Round 6 Andre Fletcher $40 000

Round 7 Shannon Gabriel $30 000; Round 8 Henry Davids $20 000

Round 9 Fidel Edwards $15 000; Round 10 Kemar Roach $10 000

Round 11 Shane Shillingford $10 000; Round 12 Kyle Mayers $5 000

Round 13 Keddy Lesporis $5 000; Round 14 Liam Sebastien $5 000

Round 15 Delorn Johnson $5 000

Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

Round 1 Dwayne Bravo $150 000; Round 2 Jacques Kallis $100 000

Round 3 Darren Bravo $80 000; Round 4 Samuel Badree $70 000

Round 5 Johan Botha $50 000; Round 6 Kevon Cooper $40 000

Round 7 Kamran Akmal $30 000; Round 8 Cameron Delport $20 000

Round 9 Sulieman Benn $15 000; Round 10 Jason Mohammed $10 000

Round 11 Marlon Richards $10 000; Round 12 Miguel Cummins $5 000

Round 13 Jevon Searles $5 000; Round 14 William Perkins $5 000

Round 15 Derone Davis $5 000

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