Caribbean Premier League news July 17, 2014

CPL confirms Red Steel name change

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Caribbean Premier League has agreed to omit the words "Trinidad & Tobago" from the Red Steel franchise, based on a request from the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts. According to Roberts, the use of the country name "infringes on the protocols surrounding the use of the name and the sovereignty of the nation."

"The CPL would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the Red Steel team is not a franchise that is based in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a team selected from the fantastic talent pool across the country,'' Damien O'Donohoe, the CPL CEO, said in a statement.

"The team is not restricted to play its home games in Trinidad and Tobago, and ultimately, any decision on where the team is based is dependent on the commitment and support that CPL has already enjoyed with other Governments and owners."

As a result of the change, Red Steel are the only CPL franchise without a country name attached to it. Red Steel, who are captained by Dwayne Bravo, finished fourth in the table in last year's edition and lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors in the semi-finals.

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  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    How about the "Port of Spain Red Steel"? If the CPL grows then I'd expect that Trinidad could host two teams, with maybe another one down in San Fernando.In Jamaica they could do with a team up in Montego Bay as well. And how about a Belize City team and a Bahamian team in Nassau? If the teams are associated with cities rather than countries it will remove the confusion with international cricket. Nobody confuses Manchester United as an England side after all. And it would be really great to have a Miami team! That would really inject some money and interest in Caribbean cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    This is really silly! If the team doesn't have a home country, does it at least have a home venue where they do a majority of their practice? Should it be called the "Queens Park Cricket Club Red Steel"?

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    With this REDSTEEL becomes team of nowhere, but nevertheless you have to obey the rules of government.

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