Trinbago Knight Riders sign up Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran

The six franchises of the Caribbean Premier League, on Monday, announced the pre-draft retentions and signings for the upcoming season, which includes a maximum of seven players in each team.

There were two pre-draft windows for the 2022 season. In the first window, each team could retain up to five Caribbean players with a maximum of two from the top five salary spots.

In the second window, teams were given an opportunity to sign two more local players. These could be new signings from those who were not retained by other teams or players who appeared for that team in the previous season. Except for Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs, who have retained six and five players respectively, all the other franchises have used their full quota.

While Guyana retained Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd and Chandrapaul Hemraj, they made a couple of low-profile signings in Keemo Paul and Gudakesh Motie.

Jamaica, on the other hand, retained only three players – captain Rovman Powell along with their two leading run-scorers from last season, Kennar Lewis and Shamarh Brooks. They later went on to sign Brandon King and Fabian Allen

It was Trinbago Knight Riders who made the big moves by signing Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran after retaining Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales and Tion Webster.

Reigning champions St Kitts and Nevis Patriots signed Darren Bravo from the Trinbago Knight Riders and Andre Fletcher from the Saint Lucia Kings after retaining Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Sherfane Rutherford and Dominic Drakes.

Last year’s Runner-up St Lucia Kings retained Roston Chase, Kesrick Williams, Jeavor Royal and Alzarri Joseph before signing Johnson Charles and Mark Deyal.

Similarly, Barbados Royals have retained skipper Jason Holder along with Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas and Nyeem Young apart from signing Obed McCoy and Devon Thomas.

The 2022 season of CPL is set to begin on August 30. The board is yet to announce the date of the player draft.

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