Seven Pakistanis will feature this season, including first-timers Haider Ali, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Amir and Azam Khan
Wristspinners were in particular demand with the entire 2021 season set to be played in St Kitts & Nevis. Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who had turned out for the Tallawahs last season, was signed by the Knight Riders, the defending champions, as a like-for-like swap for Fawad Ahmed.
However, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Lamichhane’s former Tallawahs team-mate, and Rashid Khan, who has represented the Tridents and the Amazon Warriors in the past, will not be part of CPL 2021, and will instead be on international duty for Afghanistan.
As many as seven Pakistani players will be action this season, including Haider Ali, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Amir, and Azam Khan, who have never featured in the CPL before. Azam, the son of the former Pakistan keeper Moin, has a strike rate of 157.41 in T20 cricket and was part of the Galle Gladiators side that finished runners-up in the LPL last December.
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Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo