Caribbean Premier League 2019: Alex Hales joins Barbados Tridents, Lasith Malinga with St Lucia Stars
Alex Hales, dropped from England's World Cup squad, has joined the CPL. © Getty

England batsman Alex Hales will play for Barbados Tridents in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being signed as the first pick at the draft in London on May 22.

Currently not part of any England squad after he was withdrawn from the World Cup team following his drug-related bans, Hales was snapped up by the Tridents soon into the player draft at the Gfinity eSports Arena.

This is Hales’ first time in the CPL.

The Tridents also purchased Pakistan allrounders Asif Ali and Imad Wasim, while naming Jason Holder as their marquee player. Wahab Riaz, Ashley Nurse and Shai Hope were retained, while Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane was added.

Other big signings were that of Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga, who went to St Lucia Stars along with the 2018 CPL’s highest wicket-taker Fawad Ahmed, who moved from defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. The Pakistan-born Australian legspinner is St Lucia’s marquee player.

John Campbell, the West Indies opener, was also bought by St Lucia.

Caribbean Premier League 2019 draft list.
Caribbean Premier League 2019 draft list.

Two-time defending champions TKR took full advantage of the option to retain or acquire six players ahead of the draft, with the high-profile return of Kieron Pollard already confirmed. Colin Munro, the leading run-scorer in the 2018 CPL, was retained alongside Sunil Narine and USA pace bowler Ali Khan.

The new faces in the TKR squad include Denesh Ramdin, Khary Pierre, Jimmy Neesham and Muhammad Hasnain.

Last year’s runners-up, Guyana Amazon Warriors, had earlier acquired Nicholas Pooran as a marquee player and retained Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Shoaib Malik. At the draft, they added Australia spinner Chris Green, and Caribbean talents Brandon King and Romario Shepherd.

Jamaica Tallawahs boast Chris Gayle and Andre Russell and the franchise retained Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas and Rovman Powell. Chadwick Walton was a round-three pick and Afghanistan spin sensation Zahir Khan was chosen in round five.

The Patriots retained Evin Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabien Allen and South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen and purchased Sri Lankan allrounder Isuru Udana as a first-round pick and Englishman Laurie Evans in round six.

Each completed squad is made up of 17 players, including a minimum of nine senior West Indian players, two emerging West Indies players, a maximum of five overseas stars, and an ICC Americas player.