The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has confirmed that 228 players have registered for the 2014 draft, which will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday April 3.
The number includes 121 overseas players, more than five times the number that entered the 2013 draft.
Over 100 Caribbean players have thrown their hats into the ring in the hope of earning a contract to take part in the second edition of the tournament.
A CPL press release yesterday stated that 98 per cent of the players from the 2013 edition of the competition will be back this year.
Players from 11 nations, including Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and, for the first time, England will be part of the tournament.
Australia will have the largest overseas contingent in the draft with 30 names, including 15 internationals, while the vast majority of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad have also signed up.
New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka are also well represented, and the draft will include several current and former international captains, leading test stars, T20 specialists and limited overs stalwarts.
The full list of players will be announced to the public next week.
Commenting on the upcoming draft, CPL director of cricket, Tom Moody said: “The quality and quantity of players registering for the draft, in particular the huge surge in overseas players signing up, is testament to the great success of last year’s competition. The high standard of cricket and the unique Caribbean carnival atmosphere have made CPL the competition that everybody wants to play in.”
The tournament returns in July and August with Jamaica Tallawahs will defending their title against the Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.