West Indies news December 13, 2012

WICB announce franchise-based T20 league

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies cricket board is preparing to launch its franchise-based Twenty20 league in 2013 and they have finalised an agreement with Verus International, a Barbados-based merchant bank, for funding the competition.

The league is likely to comprise six Caribbean city-based franchises with the majority of players from the West Indies.

As part of the arrangement, the WICB will receive annual funding for additional retainer contracts for players. The board currently funds 20 annual retainer contracts.

"A significant number of players at the regional level will benefit through greater financial stability both from playing in the league and from year-round retainer contracts while having an international platform on which to showcase their skills and talent," Dr Julian Hunte, the WICB president, said.

"Most importantly, the league will bring a huge financial injection into the Caribbean and create significant job opportunities across the region in a wide cross section of sectors."

Ernest Hilaire, the former chief executive of the WICB, had initially revealed that a "commercial Twenty20" league in the Caribbean was in the works in September. Last month, Hilaire's successor, Michael Muirhead, said negotiations for staging the inaugural Caribbean Premier League were on track and that "might mean that the regional T20 cricket tournament might have to be done away with".

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  • Ali on December 16, 2012, 1:41 GMT


    there are currently 6 regional teams ?

    So why are there only 6 City Franchises ?

    this means that Countries that have glut of exceptional players , will have their fringe players make other teams .....

    so we may have 6 bajan fast bowlers on display and maybe 5 Trini spinners ,,,,

    which is a good thing as it will mean a MUCH stronger league ....

    Right now, the 12th Men form T&T and Jamaica , are hard done by the fact that mediocre players can play 1st class cricket for Windwards.... and end up on the WI Test team, while some far better players are languishing on the sidelines in T&T , Jamaica and Barbados ...

  • Kerrie on December 15, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Great to see a pro T20 tournament in the WI. However the WICB needs to shift this balance to the 4-day and Super50 and professionalise the game in the Caribbean. Another good idea would be to have a semi-pro caribbean club T20 tournament with the top clubs in the respective territories with the Champions League format. I still want to see Empire vs. Queens park cricket club.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Great idea Niraj, and good idea Sawifan and Gorky, though i know many purist may complain and talk expanding to the US is the logical move, much bigger market both for viewers and merchandising. Think of the millions of expats not only from the Windies, but think of those from the subcontinent who want some of the action nearer to home. i see it as an outlet for the dozens of players who will get the chance to get paid for playing cricket and imagine this could be a viable option for youngsters to emulate. Lets see how it goes, but i am enthusiastic about this !!!

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Another dull hit & giggle tournament!! As long as it inspires young West Indians into playing cricket to then aspire to play at the very top level (ie in the West Indian TEST Team) then it will have its uses.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @Nirajm that's a great idea. I hope the officials take note...and all the best to the new carribean league...

  • Ben on December 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @Niraj... i think that would be a great way to get the USA more involved. Having a team based in Florida (probably Fort Lauderdale), would be a boon for the sport in the US and would bring much needed money to the region. Plenty of Caribbean ex-pats could get their chance to shine too!

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    May be a good idea getting a couple of teams from US in.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Hopefully it goes better than their last effort.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    We don't need over seas players......our boys are better

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Wouldn't have a big overseas fan-following, because the subcontinent has a 12 hour time difference.

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