Mustafiz, Shakib in CPL draft
Bangladesh’s left arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman and ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan are among seven national cricketers to be registered for the Caribbean Premier League's player draft scheduled to take place on February 11, 2016.
A number of 289 players, 157 from West Indies and 132 from overseas, have been registered for the draft, reports ESPNcricinfo.
Names of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been included in the player draft, and both of them have returned to competitive cricket after serving five years ban each, for spot-fixing. The bans on Butt and Asif were lifted in September, and they made their comebacks to Pakistan's domestic cricket in January.
Mohammad Amir, the other player banned for spot-fixing in the Lord's Test of 2010, made his comeback during their recent tour to New Zealand. His name is also on the CPL draft list.
Pakistan will be the most represented overseas nationality at the CPL draft, with 37 players including Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik.
There will be 34 South African players in the draft, including Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and Vernon Philander, 23 Australians, including Brad Haddin, Michael Hussey, Chris Lynn and Shaun Tait, and 20 Sri Lankans, including Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Thirimanne and Ajantha Mendis.
New Zealand will be represented by 11 players, among whom are Grant Elliott, Colin Munro and Nathan McCullum. Outside the Test-playing countries, the draft will also include players from Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland and USA.
The total list of 289 players does not include six cricketers- Faf du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson, and one other name set to be revealed ahead of the draft - who will take one 'marquee' spot in each of the six CPL teams.
Of the 157 West Indians, 16 have been retained by their teams ahead of the draft.