Trinidad and Tobago news January 22, 2013

T&T look to govt to secure their stars for Champions League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Azim Bassarath, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Association, has asked the country's government to help ensure that T&T players represent their country and not the IPL franchises in the 2013 Champions League T20. T&T qualified for the CLT20 for the third time in a row - and fourth time overall out of five editions - after beating Guyana in the Caribbean T20 on Sunday.

T&T made it to the inaugural CLT20, in 2009, and then the 2011 and 2012 editions. In the inaugural tournament, several of their players caught the eye with their performances, and they finished runners-up behind New South Wales. Those performances - and the ones that followed in later editions - got some of their players, including Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper, IPL contracts. Thereafter, based on which IPL teams qualified for the CLT20, these players and Dwayne Bravo - who had an IPL contract from the outset - represented the franchises ahead of T&T in the tournament.

"For the past two years that we went to the Champions League, T&T didn't have their best players available. This year, I want to ask for the assistance of the government," Bassarath was quoted as saying in the Trinidad Express. "What I think we should do is that, as early as possible, put something in place where we can negotiate with the personnel of the Indian Premier League, asking and begging and requesting that we have available to us all our international stars."

Bassarath pointed out that this could possibly be the last time that T&T, the country, is represented at the CLT20; from next season, the Caribbean Premier League, a franchise-based tournament, will replace the region-based Caribbean T20 as the West Indies' domestic T20 competition. He said: "We should leave no stone unturned to make sure that we have our best team available for the 2013 Champions League. If we [the officials] have to travel [to India] before the tournament, as I said before, we should travel and we will be begging the Government in that regard."

Last year too, there was uncertainty over who the players would represent after the T&T sports minister, Anil Roberts, said that Pollard, Bravo and Narine would play for the country in the CLT20 instead of their respective IPL teams. An 'agreement' had been reached with the three players to represent their national team, he said. However, the three still turned out for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Why don't the Trinidad & Tobago cricket board select four players who recently played in the Caribbean T20 games. In should not matter which island they come from, for now they will represent the region. In any instance when T&T. Goes there they do intact represent the region

  • Abhijith on January 23, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Anyways none of the IPL teams will reach semis of CL T20 so its better for Trini players to play for their country instead of being part of useless Flat track specialist IPL teams.........

  • Satish on January 23, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    I think the ball is in the players court. If he is looking to play for IPL team for money, it is his wish. Board can of course take action on the players if they want them to play for them. They do have that rights.

  • Kuldeep on January 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    T&T should remember that IPL is a major force behind CLT20, without the support of IPL the CLT20 would not exist. IPL Franchise teams pay handsomely for the overseas players. You can not eat the hand which feeds you.

  • Girik on January 23, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    The economy of T&T has had a strong boost in recent years after plenty of oil was found so much that it is now regarded as a recently developed country. In this strongly capitalist world, the only way I can think T&T can retain its stars is to pay each of the franchises a lot of money. Unfortunately it shouldn't be like this. When there's a clash between home T20 side and another like IPL, SLPL, BBL, etc. the home side should automatically keep the player. But even this doesn't solve the problem when two foreign club sides have the same player (eg Malinga for Mumbai and Melbourne if they both qualify). Or even a BBL side and a county side so no IPL side is involved and the players is from the West Indies so which board is stronger?

  • Marcos on January 22, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Cpt Meanster, why do you want to split up West Indies Team? As a Trni myself, I still want to be part of West Indies. If Trinidad splits, they will not be allowed to play tests anyway, so what's the point. I am sure Pollard and co prefer to play ODIs against the test teams regularly rather than the likes of Ireland and Kenya.As far as world cricket is concerned, West Indies is the country and the regional teams are the 'clubs'.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, In the context of WI cricket, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket board is a domestic club. Next you will be saying WI cricket should not be because they are not one country but several.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster in the absence of a franchise, countries are allowed to take part. Secondly the Caribbean premiere league will replace the current competition next year. WI will never split, sorry to disappoint. Also there is nothing wrong in supporting your country.

  • David on January 22, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Look to the Trinis to want to go it alone again.

  • Jay on January 22, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I would like to add my piece to the pie. First of all, WHY are T&T even allowed to participate in the CLT20 ? They are a NATIONAL team from what I know. Trinidad and Tobago is a country. The CLT20 is purely made up of domestic clubs/franchises from other countries. It's hilarious to see Trinidad & Tobago fans and players waving their flags looking like clowns. If these guys want to represent T&T, then how about asking the WICB to break up the WI team ? There is no harmony in the WI team ! Jamaicans will ALWAYS favour Jamaica, Trinidadians will ALWAYS favour T&T. So my dear T&T boys, separate yourselves from the WI and represent T&T as you rightly should in tests and ODIs. Leave the CLT20 to clubs/franchises.

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