ZIMBABWE all-rounder Elton Chigumbura missed out on a windfall after he went unsold during the Caribbean Premier League players’ draft held at St John’s, Antigua on Wednesday.
REPORT BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The Caribbean Premier League is the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in the West Indies and will see a total of 24 matches being played from July 30 to August 24.
Players in the league were originally divided into three groups.
Pool A featured international cricketers — 14 from West Indies and 12 from overseas including Chigumbura, who was the only Zimbabwean player in the player draft.
Pool B included six international and over 100 local players, a few of whom have represented West Indies. Under-23 players from across the Caribbean islands made up Pool C.
Chigumbura, however, found no takers in any of the squads of 15 players finalised for each of the six participating franchises.
According to the competition rules, Pool A players will be paid $100 000 each while the Pool C players will be paid $70 000 each.
The former Zimbabwe captain had attracted interest in the Caribbean after his impressive performances in the Bangladesh Premier League in January where he featured for Sylhet Royals.
The aggressive all-rounder averaged 44,33 with the bat, picked up 13 wickets and hit the most number of sixes in the tournament (19).
While there will be no Zimbabwean player, their rivals Bangladesh will have two players at the tournament.
Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was sold to Team Barbados in the Caribbean Premier League and was the first international player to be bought by his team.
His teammate Tamim Iqbal was sold to Saint Lucia. Both the players will receive $100 000.