Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are first Afghan players to be picked in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League draft.
All-rounder Nabi was taken by St Kittis and Nevis Patriots for US 90,000 dollars in the fourth round of the draft while Rashid Khan was picked by Guyana Amazon Warriors for US 60,000 dollars in the sixth round.
The most expensive player at the draft was West Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons, the second-highest run-getter in the tournament's three-year history with a tally of 1238 from 39 matches. He went to Jamaica Tallawahs for US 160,000 dollars having represented Patriots in 2016.
Earlier, five Afghan players were included in CPL draft including Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Nawruz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran, however among them two mentioned players have been picked by the teams.
Apart from Rashid and Nabi, a total of seven Associate players have been placed with teams in the CPL including the USA team, allrounder Timroy Allen who was retained by Tallawahs after appearing in six matches during their 2016 title campaign.
This comes as the same pair of Nabi and Rashid had been snapped up at the IPL auction in February by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Beginning in December the Afghanistan team has been on a 10-match winning streak in T20Is – a world record. Most recently Rashid produced a spellbinding display against Ireland, picking up five wickets in nine balls to turn the game in his team’s favour.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS: Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill*, Chadwick Walton, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Rashid Khan, Jason Mohammed, Steven Taylor, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Gajanand Singh, Assad Fudadin, Keon Joseph, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Shimron Hetmyer, Ali Khan
ST. KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS: Chris Gayle, Chris Morris*, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nabi, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, Tabraiz Shamsi, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Sheldon Cotterell, Kieran Powell, Fabian Allen, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Nikhil Dutta, Carlos Brathwaite