The draft for the Pakistan Super League has taken place and there will be some serious talent taking part when the tournament gets underway early next year. Here are the Hero Caribbean Premier League players we will be looking forward to seeing.
Andre Russell is back! After spending a year out of the game, the Jamaican all-rounder will be returning to competitive action at the PSL when he takes the field with Islamabad Untied. Capable of bowling at 90mph and also able to score T20 hundreds, there a few players in the world as exciting as Dre Russ and we are really looking forward to the Jamaica Tallawahs’ man getting back out there and showing us what he can do.
Imad Wasim has become something of a Jamaica Tallawahs stalwart over the last few years, and he will be captaining the Karachi Kings. A very canny off-spin bowler and useful lower order batsman, Imad has made a serious name for himself over the last few years. He will want to succeed in his home T20 tournament and is the kind of player who will perform all the better with the pressure of captaincy on him.
The leading run-scorer from the 2016 Hero CPL is in huge demand in Twenty20 cricket all around the world, and that is hardly surprising. But for injury he would have been playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in this year’s Hero CPL, and it would be foolish to think he wouldn’t be in the mix for the 2018 tournament when the draft for next year’s event takes place. No one hits the ball further than Lynn and you can expect him to enjoy himself at the PSL.
A late addition to the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad for 2017, Luke Ronchi made a big impact in the four matches he played – scoring 172 runs at an average of 57.33 with a strike rate of 179.16. The Kiwi-turned Aussie-turned Kiwi wicketkeeper has a great technique for the shortest form of the game and has a proven track record all over the world.
The best bowler for Pakistan in their Champions Trophy victory in England, and one of the more exciting quicker bowlers in the world today – Hasan Ali is at the top of his game right now. He helped the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots get to the final of the Hero CPL in 2017, but his team stumbled at the last hurdle. Clever and quick, Hasan should have another fantastic PSL.
Samuel Badree is one of the most sought-after spin bowlers in T20 cricket all over the world, and he has also found the time to get himself a Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Trinidad & Tobago. He was one of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots that made it to the final of the 2017 Hero CPL and he will be trying to go one better with Islamabad United at the the PSL.