Brath­waite, Pow­ell among WI stars for T20 tour­ney

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

An­dre Cun­ning­ham (left) of Frome Tech­ni­cal goes in for a tackle on Rusea’s High’s mid­fielder Naz­ime Mo­tarhie dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup match in Lucea. The game ended in a score­less draw. DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): TWENTY20 WORLD Cup hero Car­los Brath­waite, along with ris­ing stars Rov­man Pow­ell and Ni­cholas Pooran, were among 14 West Indies play­ers picked up in the play­ers’ draft for the Bangladesh Premier League set to bowl off here next month.

Brath­waite, who smashed four con­sec­u­tive sixes off the last over in the T20 World Cup fi­nal as West Indies dra­mat­i­cally beat Eng­land in In­dia last April, has gone to the Barisal Bulls, while Pow­ell will turn Rov­man Pow­ell

out for Comilla Victorians and Pooran for new fran­chise Khulna Ti­tans.

Test and one-day cap­tain Ja­son Holder has also been picked up by Victorians, while su­per­star opener Chris Gayle has moved from Bulls to Chit­tagong Vik­ings for the com­ing sea­son, which bowls off on Novem­ber 4.

The 28-year-old Brath­waite has emerged as one of the most sought-af­ter play­ers on the T20 cir­cuit ever since his hero­ics in the T20 World Cup.

He turned out for Delhi Dare­devil in the In­dian Premier League and is also ex­pected to fea­ture in this year’s Big Bash in Aus­tralia.

How­ever, the strap­ping all­rounder will be un­avail­able for most of the BPL cam­paign be­tween Novem­ber 10-28.

He is cur­rently part of the West Indies one-day and Test team in the United Arab Emi­rates for the se­ries against Pak­istan.

Pow­ell, mean­while, was part of the Windies squad for the just-con­cluded T20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries against Pak­istan, though he failed to make his de­but in the three matches.

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