McCullum for CPL draft
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):
New Zealand power-hitter Brendon McCullum and Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara are among five international stars confirmed for the Caribbean Premier League draft set for February 11 in Barbados.
They will be joined by South African Faf du Plessis, New Zealander Martin Guptill and Australian Shane Watson, all of whom represent the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players for this year's tournament which bowls off in June.
CPL organisers are expected to announce the final marquee player closer to the draft.
Australian Tom Moody, CPL's director of international cricket, said the arrival of such quality players would bring the Caribbean tournament on par with other well established global T20 competitions.
Known for his all-out attacking style at the top of the order, McCullum is likely to attract the most attention. The former Black Caps captain was the first player to reach 1,000 runs in T20 Internationals and the only one to have scored two centuries in T20Is.
The six marquee players will enter the draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises - Barbados Pride, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.