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“I also hope that cricket fans back in Pakistan and around the world will follow me during this first CPL season.” -Photo by AFP

Pakistan’s T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has become the fourth international 'franchise player' to join the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament.

Hafeez, who has enjoyed a prolific run in T20s for Pakistan, currently ranks No. 2 behind Australia’s Shane Watson in the standings for allrounders. He has scored 1013 runs in 43 matches while his record in T20s is even better, his 35 wickets in 43 matches coming at an average of 22.14.

“The 2010 World T20 allowed me the experience playing T20 in the Caribbean and I am looking forward to playing there once again,” Hafeez said.

“The people in the West Indies love their cricket and I am sure the fans will get behind their teams. I also hope that cricket fans back in Pakistan and around the world will follow me during this first CPL season.”

The other international cricketers who have committed to playing in the league - and have been assigned icon or 'franchise player' status as well - are Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Ross Taylor.

The CPL is set to begin on July 29 and run till August 26.

The tournament involves six franchise countries across the Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The teams will all have one local and one international franchise player each. The players have not been assigned teams yet.

Comments (5) Closed

Mustafa Apr 13, 2013 02:51pm
Ricky Ponting and Gilcrist are icon players in CPL, are West Indians serious? These old guns have retired, forcefully in Ponting's case, and can no more present even their home country.
Green Oval Apr 13, 2013 03:47pm
This is where Hafeez should concentrate the T20s. Test cricket and ODIs are not his cup of tea.
Irfan Apr 14, 2013 07:46am
Punter and Gilly are still with the best technique, in Australia they hire cricketers on merit not based on their past performances and on the back of some corrupt officials
Oz Apr 13, 2013 09:53pm
I am not sure whether I will follow him, but I will definitely be watching Chris Gayle & his gangumn style :)
HNY2013 Apr 13, 2013 08:58pm
What about PSL?