T10 Cricket League draft: Pollard, Shakib among stars up for grabs

Top players from West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will go under the hammer in the draft of the inaugural T10 Cricket League.

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West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard is expected to be one of the top buys in the T10 Cricket League draft.

A pool of 300 players will be up for grabs when the players draft for the inaugural edition of the T10 Cricket League (TCL) gets underway in Dubai on Sunday.

While Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine will be the star attractions for the newest league, the entire Pakistan and Sri Lanka team will be available for the draft. Top Bangladeshi players — Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Imrun Kayes — have also enrolled themselves for the drafts.

"We have got full support from all the boards. It would be an interesting draft tomorrow," TCL founder Shaji-ul Mulk told Sportstar from Dubai on Saturday night.

The league, which is scheduled to be held in Sharjah from December 14, has already roped in players like Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle for the tournament. And it also has former cricketers — Wasim Akram and Brian Lara — as coaches and mentors for various franchises. Akram, the coach and mentor for Maratha Arabians, will be present for the drafts.

On Saturday, the organisers met all the franchises to pick the players from UAE — under the local catchment category. Out of the players, Rohan Mustafa became the first player to be picked for the drafts. "It is a historic moment for cricket. Most of the big names have signed up, now let's see what happens in the draft," Mulk said.

The active Indian players won't be available as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn't issue a clearance. Former batsman Virender Sehwag, who retired two years ago, will be seen in action as the skipper of Maratha Arabians. "As of now, Sehwag is the only Indian in the list," Mulk said.