West Indies superstars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis are set to headline the inaugural Global T20 Canada after they were snapped up by Vancouver Knights in Sunday's players draft.
The left-handed Gayle, the world's leading batsman in the game's shortest form, was a first-round pick for the franchise.
He is the only player with over 10 000 runs and has struck 21 centuries in the format — the last coming in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.
All-rounder Russell, meanwhile, one of the most sought-after T20 players, was picked up in the second round. The Jamaican is an explosive lower order batsman, an effective fast bowler and a dynamic fielder.
The left-handed Lewis, relatively new to international cricket, was claimed in the third round. Though not as experienced as Gayle and Russell, he has already made his presence felt with his power hitting at the top of the order as one of only four players with a brace of T20 International hundreds.
Knights also selected West Indies T20 wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and talented Bermudian all-rounder Kamau Leverock.
Toronto Nationals will also boast a star-studded line-up with two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, among those chosen at the draft.
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