The first season of CPL (Caribbean Premier League) 2013 is just a few weeks away. Cricket fans from around the world can enjoy the CPL2013 from 30th July to 24th August. In the inaugural season of T20 cricket tournament, 90 cricketers will show their skills with both, bat and ball in 24 matches. There are six franchise teams, each team has 15 squad players: one West Indies franchise players, one international franchise players and remaining from Pool A (14 West Indian & 12 Overseas), B (6 international players and 100 local players) & C (players under 23 years). Here is a list of all the international players in Caribbean Premier League 2013.
The six teams: named Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouk and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel will play in the group stage and knockout stage. Each team is going to play 7 matches in the group stage. The knockout stage has 2 semi-finals and a final.
International Franchise Players
Ricky Ponting – Australia
Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, is the first international franchise player to sign up for CPL 2013. He belongs to Antigua Hawksbills team. He is among the all-time greats. This specialist right-handed batsman has visited the Caribbean 6 times: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012 but never played Twenty20 cricket in the Caribbean. He has played in 168 Tests, 375 ODIs and 17 T20Is.
Shoaib Malik – Pakistan
The second foreign player in CPL 2013 was Adam Gilchrist, but he has been replaced by Shoaib Malik due to an ankle injury. The former Pakistan captain will represent the Barbados Tridents in CPL 2013. He is a right-handed batsman and a great bowler. He can be devastating to his rivals in Twenty20 cricket.
Ross Taylor – New Zealand
Ross Taylor is the third international franchise player to link-up with the first season of CPL. He is a member of Trinidad and Tobago team in CPL 2013. He is considered as one of the hottest commodities in Twenty20 cricket. The Right-hand New Zealand batsman scored 3513 runs in 156 Twenty20 matches.
Mohammad Hafeez – Pakistan
Fourth international franchise player in CPL 2013 is Mohammad Hafeez. He belongs to the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The stylish right-hander is one of the most efficient all-rounders in all three formats of cricket in the world. He scored two centuries for his domestic teams in Twenty20 matches. He is the 1st Pakistani batsman and 8th batsman to score 1,000 runs in international T20 cricket.
Herschelle Gibbs – South Africa
Herschelle Gibbs is the 5th international franchise player for this inaugural franchise-based tournament. He will represent the St Lucia Zouk in CPL 2013. South African top-order batting powerhouse is the first South African player to play CPL. He is well-known for hitting 6 sixes in one over in the ICC World Cup (2007). He is also recognized as electric fielder. It is expected that Gibbs will bring substantial experience and talent to the CPL table.
Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lanka
Muttiah Muralitharan is the last and the 6th international franchise player for CPL 2013. He belongs to Jamaica Tallawahs. He is the first Sri Lankan player to play CPL. Former Sri Lanka off-spinner maestro is the most successful bowler in Test and One Day International cricket. He is the highest test wicket-taker: 800 wickets in 133 Tests.
Other International Players in CPL 2013
Albie Morkel – South Africa
Albie Morkel is a prized asset for Saint Lucia Zouks team. He can change the game with his amazing batting at any given situation. He is one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket. He is recognized for his six hitting ability in T20 matches. He struck 68 sixes in 224 domestic T20 matches.
Ahmed Shehzad – Pakistan
Ahmed Shehzad will play for the Jamaica Tallawahs. The right-handed opening batsman replaced Shaun Marsh. He is a classy player and will be perfect for the team. Ahmed Shehzad has played 19 One Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 matches. He also played the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.
Ben Rohrer – Australia
Ben Rohrer is going to play for Antigua Hawksbills. Steve Smith has been replaced by this hard-hitting left-hander. He proved himself to be a real talent in Twenty20 cricket. He is capable of controlling the innings also finding the boundary regularly.
Daniel Vettori – New Zealand
Former New Zealand captain, Daniel Vettori, is a left arm spinner and left-hand batsmen. He has been among the best players of modern cricket. He represented New Zealand in Test cricket at the age of 18 and became the youngest player to play Test cricket for New Zealand. His leadership, experience and advice will prove pivotal to his team and other young players in the CPL.
Davy Jacobs – South Africa
Davy Jacobs will represent the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. He replaced Aaron Finch in the tournament. He is greatly experienced Twenty20 player. The right-handed batsman is also an excellent wicket-keeper. He scored more than 3000 first-class runs at an average of 40. He would bring a winning mentality to other players of the team.
Dirk Nannes – Australia
Dirk Nannes is a left-arm fast bowler capable of bowling with genuine pace. He played international cricket for The Netherlands and Australia. He has played 17 T20 matches and took 28 wickets at 16.39. He was the top wicket-taker in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20: 14 wickets.
Luke Pomersbach – Australia
Luke Pomersbach is right-hand batsman that will represent St Lucia Zouk. He replaced West Indian batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He has made a name for himself in the T20 cricket. He played 48 T20 matches and scored 1078 runs at 130.98 strike rate.
Shakib al Hasan – Bangladesh
This all rounder player belongs to Barbados Tridents. He is among the reputed players of T20 cricket. His bowling is perfect and consistent on a proper line and length. Shakib’s aggression and a wide range of stroke play make his batting striking and successful.
Tamim Iqbal – Bangladesh
He is a left-hand opening batsman who belongs to St Lucia Zouk. His aggression and range of shots made him a real pleasure to watch. He made highest run for Bangladesh in Twenty20 International.
Umar Akmal – Pakistan
Umar Akmal is a member of Barbados Tridents. He is a right-handed fearless batsman and a part-time spinner. He has the ability to change the match and turn around the game in the favor of his team. He is a dangerous player for bowlers in the T20 cricket. In his T20 International cricket career, he struck 67 fours and 23 sixes.
Vernon Philander – South Africa
Vernon Philander is a solid all-rounder player. He will play for Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL 2013. He represented South Africa at under 19 level in its England tour (2003). He also played the ICC U19 World Cup. He is considered the Brett Lee of his era. He took 46 wickets at domestic T20 level and hopes to increase that figure at the CPL.
Justin Kemp – South Africa
Justin Kemp is right-handed middle-order batsman and fast-medium right-arm bowler. He belongs to Antigua Hawksbills. He is among the world’s most well-regarded T20 players. He had played 87 T20 matches and scored 1265 runs.
Elton Chigumbura – Zimbabwe
He is an aggressive batsman and a useful seam bowler. He represented his country in two Under-19 World Cups. He showed an impressive performance in the BPL 2013 for Sylhet Royals, taking 13 wickets and hitting 19 sixes. He had played 22 T20 Internationals.
James Franklin – New Zealand
James Franklin will play for Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2013. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a first class middle order batsman. He is one of the two New Zealand players to take a hat-trick in Test match. He has become a vital player in the T20 format of the cricket.
Martin Guptill – New Zealand
He will represent Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL. He is a right handed top order aggressive batsman who can destroy bowlers quickly. He scored 122 in an ODI against West Indies and made a direct impact on the international scene.
Kevin O’Brien – Ireland
Kevin O’Brien will play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. He is among the best all-rounders in cricket history. He is an aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He has set a world record for making the fastest century at a World Cup.
International Player Who Are Out
The greatest wicketkeeper-batsman ever in cricket history, Adam Gilchrist was signed as 2nd international franchise player for Barbados Tridents. The reason for his unavailability is an ankle injury. Injured Adam Gilchrist has been replaced by Shoaib Malik.
Shaun Marsh will also not able to play CPL 2013. He has been pulled out from the CPL 2013 because of Australia A Team tour to South Africa. Pakistani cricketer, Ahmed Shehzad, will replace Shaun Marsh for the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Steve Smith will be unavailable for CPL 2013 due to Australia’s squad for the Ashes series with England. Australian player – Ben Rohrer steps in for Smith with the Antigua Hawksbills. Ben Rohrer from Australia comes in for Smith with the Antigua Hawksbills.
Aaron Finch will not be available to participate in the first season of CPL. The reason behind this is the Australia A tour to Zimbabwe. South African player, Davy Jacobs steps in for Aaron Finch with the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.
Indian players will also not participate in CPL 2013 as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected the request of the CPL organizers. The BCCI has made a decision to keep the Indian players at home. It does not want to lose its investors and the popularity of IPL.