Alex Hales, the England opener, and Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan all-rounder, are among the 90 overseas players who have made the cut for the inaugural T20 Global League draft process to be staged this weekend in Cape Town.
Afridi showcased his power-hitting skills in the recently-concluded T20 Blast game against Derbyshire when he clubbed 101 off just 43 balls. Misbah-ul-Haq, Mitchell McClenaghan and Yasir Shah are some of the other big names who have thrown their hat into the ring.
Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Kieron Pollard and Jason Roy are the international marquee players. On the other hand, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir will be considered as domestic marquee players.
“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,” observed CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
“The huge interest from players around the world has been phenomenal, and the calibre of players in the draft will make squad selections one for the fans to follow. Fans both here and around the world will be able to join in the excitement as they see the franchises sign up some of the world’s best.
“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,” noted Lorgat.Via