Cricket: Saqlain Mushtaq along with Butt, Asif up for grabs for the CPL

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Before the inception of this year’s edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), a host of Pakistan players are up for grabs in the drafting of the prestigious T20 event.

Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt have also been included in the drafting picks. Both the players returned to competitive action after five years as they represented WAPDA in the domestic one-day international on January 10th.

Salman Butt has been in tremendous form as he finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer with 536 runs in seven matches.

Another surprise entry in the draft picks is the inclusion of retired Pakistani legendary off spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq. The spin maestro is currently playing for Gemini Arabians in the Master Champions League and is looking forward to be contesting for a tournament victory in the Carribean Premier League. The 39-year old last represented Pakistan on the international stage in 2003.

A list of 37 players are included in the CPL drafts, namely:

Shahid Afridi, Ehsan Adil,Umar Akmal (Amazon Warriors 2015) Iftikhar Ahmad, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal (Hawksbills 2013), Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Hammad Azam, Zulfiqar Babar, Sharjeel Khan, Imran Farhat, Misbah-ul-Haq (Zouks 2013 and Tridents 2015),Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Junaid Khan, Shahzaib Hassan Khan, , Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik (Tridents, 2015), Rana Naveed, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanveer (Zouks 2014 & Patriots 2015), Taufeeq Umer, Imad Wasim.

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