Club Statement: 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Draft


It was announced earlier in the week that five contracted Essex Cricket players have made themselves available for selection for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

536 players have put their names forward for the draft which takes place in London later today, and the list of players includes Mohammad Amir, Ravi Bopara, Varun Chopra, Cameron Delport and Simon Harmer.

The competition starts on Wednesday 4 September and the trio of Ravi Bopara, Varun Chopra and Simon Harmer have put themselves forward as late call-ups, meaning that they will only be eligible to play once Essex’s season has finished on Thursday 26 September.

Overseas signing Mohammad Amir has also made himself available for the 2019 Hero CPL, but this will not affect his contracted availability for the Essex Eagles in this year’s Vitality Blast. Amir signed for eight Essex Eagles matches, with his final match being against Glamorgan on Friday 16 August.

Alongside Mohammad Amir, Cameron Delport has also put his name forward for the 2019 Hero CPL draft. His contract with Essex for the Vitality Blast runs until the end of the Eagles involvement in the competition, meaning that his availability remains intact.

To reiterate, and to reassure Members and fans, the players have not requested, nor has the Club sanctioned any absence from our 2019 season.