Kathmandu, September 12
The first edition of the Nepal T20 League will have a host of international superstars taking part.
Saturday and Sunday’s draft saw Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and West Indies Carlos Brathwaite picked up by teams.
Hafeez was snapped up by Pokhara Avengers while Brathwaite and Mathews were taken by Farwest United and Biratnagar respectively. Similarly, Thisara Perera was selected by Kathmandu, Ben Cutting by Lumbini and Adam Lyth by Janakpur.
A total of 33 foreign players have been selected by different teams.
Foreign Players in Nepal T20 League
- Biratnagar Super Kings: Angelo Mathews, Joshua Persuad, Andre McCarthy, Gauranshu Sharma, Minod Ranasinghe, Keon Joseph
- Farwest United: Carlos Braithwaite, Dusan Hemantha, Pulina Tharanga, Jason Mohammad, Allah Ghazanfar, Zia-ul Rehman
- Janakpur Royals: Adam Lyth, Trevor Abashai Griffth, Ibrahim Zadran, Raj Rocky Nannan, Subhashinge Priyanja
- Kathmandu Gurkhas: Thisara Perera, DS Weerakkody, Kamindu Mendis, Virandeep Singh, Dhananjaya De Silva.
- Lumbini All-Stars: Ben Cutting, Rakheem Cornwall, Pat Brown, Bipul Sharma, Lahiru Milantha, Nuwan Tushara.
- Pokhara Avengers: Mohammed Hafeez, Seekuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Salman Irshad, Shehan Madhushank
According to the Cricket Association of Nepal, each team had to select 11 Nepali players and five international players. But, Farwest United have included one Nepali and two extra foreign players. Similarly, Lumbini All Stars and Biratnagar Super Kings have selected one extra foreign player each.
Six teams are taking part in the inaugural Nepal T20 League. The teams are Kathmandu Gorkhas, Lumbini All Stars, Biratnagar Super Kings, Janakpur Royals, Pokhara Avengers and Farwest United.
Kathmandu Gorkhas signed former Nepal captain Gyanendra Malla as their marquee player. Similarly, Lumbini All-Stars signed Dipendra Singh Airee, Biratnagar signed Rohit Paudel, Janakpur signed Sompal Kami, Pokhara signed Aasif Sheikh and Farwest United signed Karan KC as their marquee players.
Nepal T20 League is scheduled to start on September 24 to October 22.