Star-studded US Open T20 draft

[by: VINODE MAMCHAN :]

A number of T20 stars were drafted at the historic 10th US Open T20 draft that took place Saturday at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Those picked up included Windies players Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Nicolas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree, Kjorn Ottley, Sunil Narine, Kevon Cooper and the former Windies opener William Perkins. The draft with saw over 1000 players registered was held for the 16 teams that will be taking part in the 10th US Open T20 tournament which will be played from December 12 to 16 at the Central Broward Regional Park.

Bravo, Badree and Emrit was picked up with the US All Stars franchise that will be led by local US player Zishawn Qureshi. The US All Stars team includes a number of Trinbago Knight Riders players, as Muhammad Ali Khan and Hamza Tariq who featured on the winning CPL team was also included. As a requirement of picking a youth player to give some exposure, the US All Stars went for national under-15 fast bowler Liam Mamchan, adding yet another Trini to the mix.

The US All Stars is a very powerful one with South African AB deVilliers also drafted, as well as CPL players Jaskaran Malhotra, Mohammed Irfan and Hamza Tariq. On the team as well is the former Pakistani batsman Faisal Iqbal, the nephew of the legendary Javed Miandad. Another top Pakistani player in Fawad Alam is also on the squad and added to him is the former Indian Premier League (IPL) player Rajesh Sharma, making it a very powerful one.

Lewis, along with Simmons, Cooper, Narine, Ottley and Nicolas Pooran will all line up for the California Bears. They also played with this outfit at the last US Open T20 but did not make it past the semis. Also on the Bears team is the TKR all rounder Javon Searles.

Former West Indies fast bowler Adam Sanford is also playing as he is bringing across a team from St. Maarten called the Adam Sanford All Stars. The team also includes the Leewards and Windies B player Rakheem Cornwall.

The US Open T20 will take place from December 12 to 16 at the Central Broward Regional Park and carries with it prize money in the range of US$100,000.

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