The Kiwi opener Martin Guptill along with Lendl Simmons fetched the highest bids in the CPL 2018 draft with St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents going for them. While Sohail Tanvir (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs), Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots) and Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders) were retained by their respective sides for the first round of draft pick.
The retained players bagged $160,000 while Guptill, the current T20I top-scorer bagged the highest in the draft, going for $90,000. He will play for St. Lucia Stars. Lendl Simmons went for $70,000 to Barbados Tridents.
With each team allowed to have an 18-member squad, 61 players were retained while 47 players were picked in the draft.
In the draft that saw the major number of transfers, Pollard was the biggest gainer. After having led the Jamaica Tallawahs for four seasons, he asked the franchise to release him. St Lucia Stars picked him for USD 130,000.
Among the Marquee players, the former Pakistan captains Shahid Afridi (Tallawahs), Shoaib Malik (Amazon Warriors), and the hitters Evin Lewis (Patriots) and Chris Lynn (Knight Riders) directly negotiated with the respective franchises and did not attend the draft.
Many overseas players went unsold because of their national duty. The only Afghanistan player chosen was 17-year-old legspinner Qais Ahmad, who went in round 11 for $7500 to Stars. The young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who was selected in the IPL recently, became the first player from Nepal to play in the CPL.
Barbados Tridents: Martin Guptill, Shakib Al Hasan, Hashim Amla, Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Tion Webster, Imran Khan, Dominic Drakes, Shamar Springer, Sunny Sohal, Chemar Holder
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshon Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Akshaya Persaud
Jamaica Tallawahs: Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson, Kirsten Kallicharan
St Lucia Stars: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, D’Arcy Short, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Mitch McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Rakheem Cornwall, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Dasun Shanaka, Chris Lamont, Obed McCoy, Jaskaran Malhotra, Odean Smith
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Lamichanne, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Glen Javelle
Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Ronsford Beaton, Junior Dala, Javon Searles, Terrance Hinds, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Philip, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo