T20 Global League’s first ever players draft is all set to take place on 26 and 27 August 2017. A total of 90 overseas cricketers have enrolled themselves to be a part of one of the 8 teams in the competition. There are 16 marquee players in the league and 8 out of these are foreign cricketers meanwhile 8 are South African stars.
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy are the overseas marquee players. 25 players from Pakistan have been listed in the draft which is the maximum no. from any overseas country. However there is no Indian cricketer in the list.
“The Player Draft is a major step forward for the T20 Global League, and the anticipation among players, coaches and owners is now clearly visible. Gayle, McCullum, Shehzad, Hales, Levi and our own Proteas captain Faf du Plessis – another marquee player – are among those who have scored T20 International centuries. The T20 Global League is now ready for take-off”, Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat said.
A maximum of 5 international overseas players can be picked by a franchise in the draft. Hence it will be interesting to see how teams make their strategy to select players.
List of Players for T20 Global League Draft
|Australia||Ben Hilfenhaus, Johan Botha, Nathan Reardon.|
|England||Alex Hales, Michael Carberry, Adam Lyth, Monty Panesar, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Sam Billings, Ben Duckett, James Vince, Jade Dernbach, Gary Ballance, Mark Wood, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn.|
|Hong Kong||Anshuman Rath|
|Ireland||William Porterfield, George Dockrell, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin.|
|Netherlands||Roelof van der Merwe, Stephan Myburgh, Ryan ten Doeschate.|
|New Zealand||Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeetan Patel|
|Pakistan||Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Sami Aslam, Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt, Wahab Riaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Khan.|
|Sri Lanka||Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Dhammika Prasad, Ramith Rambukwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Sachithra Senanayake, Suraj Randiv, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Perera.|
|Zimbabwe||Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Sean Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza.|
|Kolpak Players||Richard Levi, Colin Ingram, Stiaan van Zyl, Hardus Viljoen, Cameron Delport, Marchant de Lange, David Wiese, Colin Ackermann, Dane Vilas, Simon Harmer.|
|West Indies||Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Veerasammy Permaul, Danza Hyatt, Jason Mohammed, Devon Thomas, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor, Shane Shillingford.|