The Caribbean Premier League is all about entertainment, and few sights are more entertaining than an in form batsman smashing the ball to all parts of the ground. We’ve picked out the best options for inclusion in your Daily Fantasy cricket team here.
Top of the Market
Kevin Pietersen (St Lucia Zouks)
Price: $20.2 million
One of the biggest names to enter this year’s CPL draft, Pietersen is one of those batsmen who elicits excitement every time he walks to the wicket.
His attempts to force his way back into contention for selection in England’s Ashes squad, coupled with a recent calf injury, mean he has played less T20 cricket than most ahead of this competition. However, a recent first class score of 355* for Surrey suggests he is in plenty of form.
Having missed out on playing in the IPL, Pietersen will be determined to steal the show in the Caribbean. His average of 32.76 in T20s suggests he is more than capable of doing just that.
Runs: 30 (1 – 4/ 1 – 6)
Strike Rate: 93.75
Lendl Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Simmons is returning home for the start of the CPL full of confidence and in the form of his life after helping the Mumbai Indians to victory in the IPL with a series of brilliant knocks.
Guyana’s powerful opener hit five half-centuries in his last ten T20 innings, including back to back efforts in the IPL semi-final and final. If he can produce something similar here the Warriors will have a great chance to claim their first title.
Add to that his performances in last year’s CPL – where he was the tournament’s leading run scorer and MVP – and you would suggest Simmons is likely to be one of the best options for PlayON owners in this season’s competition.
Runs: 446 (34 – 4/ 24 – 6)
Strike Rate: 130
DFS Top Performance: 1800 pts vs St.Lucia Zouks
Martin Guptil (St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots)
Price: 16.2 million
Guptill went under the radar during this season’s CPL draft, not getting picked up until Round 5 when decisions were made back in February. Just over a month later, he was smashing 237 not out during New Zealand’s World Cup quarter-final victory over the West Indies – the highest ever score in a World Cup match.
His performances at the World Cup – he was the tournament’s highest run scorer – highlight just what a steal tournament newcomers, St.Kitts and Nevis, have gotten. If he can recapture that sort of form, the Patriots might surprise a few people.
Strike Rate: 126.05
DFS Top Performance: 1680 pts vs Antigua Hawksbills
Chris Lynn (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Price: 13.1 million
Chris Lynn is a big hitting Australian batsman who made his international T20 debut against England in 2014. He was thought to have a chance to have a big impact in this season’s IPL, but was ruled out due to injury. However, a recent to 250 for Brisbane suggests he has recovered fully.
Lynn’s power makes him an extremely dangerous proposition for bowlers. He averages more than a six per innings in T20 cricket, scoring his runs at a strike rate of 140. The biggest party in sport may end up being a coming out party for Lynn.
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Low Cost Sleeper
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Price: 8.0 million
One of the truly great international cricketers the West Indies has produced, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is coming to the end of an illustrious career and this competition is an opportunity for West Indian fans to say goodbye to an incredible batsman.
T20 cricket has never been his forte given the lack of explosive power he possesses, but his proven overall international record marks him out as someone to watch. With such a reasonable PlayON price, he may end up being decent value for money during the competition.
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Jermaine Blackwood (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Price $6.6 million
The young West Indian has a terrible T20 record – averaging just over ten – but he proved himself capable of performing on the big stage during the drawn test series against England.
Blackwood’s unbeaten 87 was instrumental to his side’s victory in the third test, and his aggressive batting style should, in theory, translate well to this format. With his confidence high, he could emerge as a star in this competition.
Strike Rate: 68.6
DFS Top Performance: 360 pts vs Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel