The Caribbean region is for the third year running having a split-up of cricketers from six major island nations but it is all to the structure of the upcoming third edition of the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition, the player draft for which had the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrews, Jamaica abuzz yesterday afternnon.
A total of 66 players were picked up from a pool of 200 during the draft and highlighting the nationality splits was a cast of 11 Trinidad and Tobago nationals spread among four of the six different franchises.
Of the 66 picked, several are from Test-playing nations with Pakistani Shahid Afridi, New Zealander Ross Taylor, Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga and South African Jacques Kallis a quintet of the big overseas names.
Keiron Pollard retained by the Barbados franchise, the Barbados Tridents, heads the Trinidad and Tobago native eleven not with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel franchise. And his compatriots also with the defending champions Tridents are Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit, Akeal Hosein and Navin Stewart.
Like his countryman Pollard with a $150,000 tag high was ace spinner Sunil Narine who was retained by the Guyana Amazon Warriors along with TT duo Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin.
The new St Kitts-Nevis franchise which replaced the Antigua Hawksbills picked up TT pair Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran and TT pacer Shannon Gabriel was a purchse by the St Lucia Zouks.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel meanwhile have Barbadian trio Sulieman Benn, Miguel Cummins and Jevorn Searles along with the brilliant alrounder Kallis and his countrymen Johan Botha and Cameron Delport.
Pakistani Kamran Akmal is the other oversea draft pick for the Red Steel who have in their franchise nationals Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper, Jason Mohammad, Marlon Richards, William Perkins and Derone Davis.
The Caribbean Premier League T20 makes the rounds in June this year and the winner qualifies for play in the Champions League T20 in India.
Also at the draft yesterday West Indies batting mainstay Marlon Samuels and veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul were snapped up. The Guyana team picked up as many as three Sri Lankan players in the draft .
Teams have up to 24 hours to exchange a player with each other, but can do only one such exchange.