11 players were snapped up by teams during draft
During the draft of the inaugural Global T20 Canada League, Pakistan cricketers were in high demand with 11 players set to take part in this month’s edition.
Edmonton Royals were particularly keen on landing Pakistan players as they went on to pick six of them which included former all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
Along with him, experienced T20 campaigners Mohammad Irfan, Asif Ali and Sohail Tanvir are also part of the side. Meanwhile Hassan Khan and Agha Salman make up the younger contingent.
The Toronto Nationals were also closely scouting the Pakistani talent as they went for Kamran Akmal, Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat and Usama Mir as their overseas players. 37-year-old all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will be the only Pakistan played to represent Montreal Tigers.
As far as the coaching department goes, two of Pakistan’s former fast bowlers will take over sides as their head coach. Mohammad Akram will take charge of Edmonton Royals while Waqar Younis will be associated with Winnipeg Hawks.
The League has been organised with combined efforts of, both, Cricket Canada and West Indies Cricket Board.
The tournament is scheduled to be played from June 28 to July 15 at Maple Cricket Club near Toronto.