Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is the newest international cricketer to join the Caribbean Premier League.
Hafeez who the captains Pakistan t20 team is one of only eight players in history to have scored more than 1000 international runs in the shortest form of the game and the only one from Pakistan.
Hafeez underlined his top-quality credentials in Twenty20 cricket as recently as last month when he blitzed the South Africa attack, scoring 86 – his highest score in the T20Is – from only 51 balls at Centurion with nine fours and four sixes before taking 3-25 with his off-spin.
His Twenty20 career strike-rate of 130.73 runs per hundred balls marks him down as one of the most dangerous top-order players in the modern game while his bowling economy rate of 6.31 underlines his skills in that area too.
The 32 year-old joins Australian duo Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, together with former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor, as international franchise players already contracted for the inaugural tournament which is scheduled to run from July 29 to August 26 in six franchise countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
Also confirmed alongside the Hafeez, Taylor, Gilchrest and Ponting are the six West Indies franchise players: Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels.
Players will know their respective teams after the CPL Draft which is scheduled to take place at the end of May.
Each team will select 15 players with a limit of four international players and at least four players under the age of 23.
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