The player draft for the 2016 edition of the Caribbean Premier League was conducted recently and it saw an array of international stars being in the squads of the franchises. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was the center of attraction as he was picked up by the St Lucia Zouks. This will be Watson’s first appearance in the CPL. Watson was also recently the highest paid player in the 2016 IPL Player Auctions.
Apart from Watson, retired Australians stars such as Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey too were in the league. The latter would be in Watson’s team while Hodge would represent the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Watson seemed galvanized with his drafting and was quoted saying, “It’s a tournament that I’ve always wanted to be a part of.” “It looks very cool, awesome atmosphere and there are world-class players playing in the tournament as well, so I really can’t wait to be a part of it. “It’s very special to be able to play in the Caribbean.”
Below are the complete squads for the 2016 CPL:
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Lendl Simmons, Faf du Plessis, Samuel Badree, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Jonathan Carter, Krishmar Santokie, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kieran Powell, JJ Smuts, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Tino Best, Jeremiah Louis, Nikhil Dutta
St Lucia Zouks
David Miller, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy, Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Fidel Edwards, Derone Davis, Eddie Leie, Keron Cottoy, Shane Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar
Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Lasith Malinga, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo, Alex Ross, Kesrick Williams, Nkrumah Bonner, Garey Mathurin, Timroy Allen
Trinbago Knight Riders
Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Hashim Amla, Umar Akmal, Kevon Cooper, Sulieman Benn, Colin Munro, Anton Devcich, Ronsford Beaton, Nikita Miller, Javon Searles, William Perkins, Yannick Cariah, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Hamza Tariq
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Adam Zampa, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Ali Khan
Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Nicolas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor