New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has secured the most expensive bid in the Caribbean Premier League 2018 draft on Thursday (March 1) in London.
Guptill, who has represented Guyana Amazon Warriors in the last season, had entered into the CPL auction with a base price of $US90,000. The 31-year-old was roped in by Barbados Tridents for $US160,000.
Guptill was one of the six players who got paid the maximum price by their franchises.
West Indian opener Lendl Simmons, who was released by the Jamaica Tallawahs, got picked by St Lucia Stars for the same amount as Guptill. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Sohail Tanvir were the other players who fetched a handsome sum of $US160,000.
Russell, who is returning to cricket after serving his one-year doping ban, was retained by the Tallawahs. A pre-decided marquee set of players did not enter the draft, directly negotiating contracts with the franchises.
In a season which witnessed the maximum number of transfers, Kieron Pollard was the biggest earner. Having led the Jamaica Tallawahs for four seasons, Pollard asked the franchise to release him. St Lucia Stars were quick to grab him in the marquee round for USD 130,000.
Former Pakistan captains Shahid Afridi (Tallawahs) and Shoaib Malik (Amazon Warriors), swashbuckling openers Evin Lewis (Patriots) and Chris Lynn (Knight Riders) were the other players to feature in the marquee list.
After becoming the first ever Nepal cricketer to secure an IPL contract in January this year, leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane took another giant stride as he got picked by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for $US 5,000. Interestingly, the 17-year-old Lamichhane hadn't set a base price before entering the auction.
Here’s how all the CPL teams look like after the draft:
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
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
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, Kirstan Kallicharan
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