Caribbean Premier League 2013 March 15, 2013

Ponting first international player to join CPL

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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has announced his participation in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), becoming the first international player to be involved in the newly formed T20 league. The CPL is scheduled to begin July 29, and will run till August 26. It will involve six franchise countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.

So far there are six confirmed West Indian players for the tournament: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy. As of now, no decision has been made as to which franchise Ponting will be associated with. This is now Ponting's fourth international T20 team, as he is already a part of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, and Surrey in English county cricket.

The CPL will contract a total of 90 players, with each franchise team selecting 15 players. Just like the IPL, there are quotas regarding players playing under a certain age, and how many international players a team can field at one time. Each team can field a maximum of four international players, and must have at least four players under the age of 23, with the rest of the squad comprising of local regional players.

"The West Indies has always been one of my favourite cricket destinations," Ponting said. "The mix of entertainment and cricket is the perfect recipe for West Indian cricket fans, as well as the rest of the world. The format and concept is fantastic, and I am sure it will be a huge success right from the start."

Ponting announced his international retirement last year and has since plied his trade in Sheffield Shield, and in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes. He was picked up by the Mumbai Indians during the IPL auction held in February, and is expected to captain the squad this season.

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  • on March 18, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    West Indies had a very successful T20 comp. Why this now. They had big crowds already. They won the T20 world cup. They produced players who were in demand all over the world. And now they are letting foreign players come in and take the places of local players and dilute the talent

  • whofriggincares on March 17, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @nutcutlet, perfectly said re; test cricket is the form of the game that sets it aside from all other sports. T/20 is a watered down version of the game that has its place but is not 1/10th the test of skills. The fact that it has been compared to baseball on this forum only proves that point. It is good that t/20 has brought new people to the game, but in 20 years time I believe most of these newcomers will say test is king.

  • on March 16, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Players will lose skill after playing T20!!!!

    Why such preposterous assumption? Look at Steve Smith, he resurrected Australian inning in ongoing Mohali test. Similarly Jadeja scalped current best test batsman Clarke regularly this series. They are known because of T20 and IPL.

    Both format would complement each other in future with T20 being leading and most popular format.

  • landl47 on March 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Good luck to Ponting. Now he's no longer good enough to play real cricket, the chance to make some decent money playing the less demanding short format stuff must be welcome.

    Cpt.Meanster, you're quite simply wrong. Once the fans who really care about the game lose interest, the casual and not very knowledgeable fans will soon drop off. The IPL is a classic example of an operation run by people who don't have any interest in the sport and just see it as an opportunity to make some quick money. They need the structure, coaching and player development of serious cricket to provide players. They won't spend the money to do it themselves.

    If test and first-class cricket goes, T20 goes with it.

  • on March 16, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Let's hope that we see some revolutionary looking gear. For instance all the uniforms should bear emblems like the coconut palm or the sugar plant or even a sandy beach with pristine colored water. St.lucian uniform could reflect two huge mountain ranges. I am sure others would come to mind, as for T&T a steel orchestra or calypso melody (musical notes) would sure add flavor to the extravaganza.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 16, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Both the CPL and Ponting are scraping the barrel...

  • Fireballz on March 16, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster So the point you made is that T20 is a cricket format for people that don't necessarily like cricket? For me, that is the beauty of T20 because it introduces those that won't commit themselves to a test match or even an ODI to the game of cricket. Hopefully when these fans get an appreciation for the basics of the game they will come to love the beauty of test cricket which is what the game is all about. I am an Australian though so I may be biased! Good luck Punter I wish you all the best in your post-retirement T20 tour!

  • derpherp on March 16, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster You are so wrong on many counts....And why would anyone care that it's "close to baseball"? Who cares about baseball? You must be a Yank.

  • Yuji9 on March 16, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Beautifully said @Nutcutlet and @Cpt.Meanster we are following two faiths - Tests to T20 is like comparing Mozart to Gangnam style -why demand oneness? Happy for your lot to go your separate ways and have your own full-time T20 comp - the game must split - it will be no loss to Tests cos after playing T20 players lose their skills anyway so won't be missed on the Test scene - I pray for the next Packer with a Test championship model to sort the wheat from the chaff - No probs with Punter it's a good paddock to retire in but when it young guys it's a waste - happy for you to have your T20 but why not call for a split and your own full time comp and produce your own players? You sound like a fan of 7-a-side rugby demanding you are the future of all rugby! - different skill sets so it's better to part ways -Time for a cricket revolution with Test c'ship full time and T20 circus full time but different players thus no more threat to each other - We don't agree so why try to be one church?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on March 15, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    REAL cricket will ALWAYS be TEST cricket.

    End of story.

  • on March 18, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    West Indies had a very successful T20 comp. Why this now. They had big crowds already. They won the T20 world cup. They produced players who were in demand all over the world. And now they are letting foreign players come in and take the places of local players and dilute the talent

  • whofriggincares on March 17, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @nutcutlet, perfectly said re; test cricket is the form of the game that sets it aside from all other sports. T/20 is a watered down version of the game that has its place but is not 1/10th the test of skills. The fact that it has been compared to baseball on this forum only proves that point. It is good that t/20 has brought new people to the game, but in 20 years time I believe most of these newcomers will say test is king.

  • on March 16, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Players will lose skill after playing T20!!!!

    Why such preposterous assumption? Look at Steve Smith, he resurrected Australian inning in ongoing Mohali test. Similarly Jadeja scalped current best test batsman Clarke regularly this series. They are known because of T20 and IPL.

    Both format would complement each other in future with T20 being leading and most popular format.

  • landl47 on March 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Good luck to Ponting. Now he's no longer good enough to play real cricket, the chance to make some decent money playing the less demanding short format stuff must be welcome.

    Cpt.Meanster, you're quite simply wrong. Once the fans who really care about the game lose interest, the casual and not very knowledgeable fans will soon drop off. The IPL is a classic example of an operation run by people who don't have any interest in the sport and just see it as an opportunity to make some quick money. They need the structure, coaching and player development of serious cricket to provide players. They won't spend the money to do it themselves.

    If test and first-class cricket goes, T20 goes with it.

  • on March 16, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Let's hope that we see some revolutionary looking gear. For instance all the uniforms should bear emblems like the coconut palm or the sugar plant or even a sandy beach with pristine colored water. St.lucian uniform could reflect two huge mountain ranges. I am sure others would come to mind, as for T&T a steel orchestra or calypso melody (musical notes) would sure add flavor to the extravaganza.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 16, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Both the CPL and Ponting are scraping the barrel...

  • Fireballz on March 16, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster So the point you made is that T20 is a cricket format for people that don't necessarily like cricket? For me, that is the beauty of T20 because it introduces those that won't commit themselves to a test match or even an ODI to the game of cricket. Hopefully when these fans get an appreciation for the basics of the game they will come to love the beauty of test cricket which is what the game is all about. I am an Australian though so I may be biased! Good luck Punter I wish you all the best in your post-retirement T20 tour!

  • derpherp on March 16, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster You are so wrong on many counts....And why would anyone care that it's "close to baseball"? Who cares about baseball? You must be a Yank.

  • Yuji9 on March 16, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Beautifully said @Nutcutlet and @Cpt.Meanster we are following two faiths - Tests to T20 is like comparing Mozart to Gangnam style -why demand oneness? Happy for your lot to go your separate ways and have your own full-time T20 comp - the game must split - it will be no loss to Tests cos after playing T20 players lose their skills anyway so won't be missed on the Test scene - I pray for the next Packer with a Test championship model to sort the wheat from the chaff - No probs with Punter it's a good paddock to retire in but when it young guys it's a waste - happy for you to have your T20 but why not call for a split and your own full time comp and produce your own players? You sound like a fan of 7-a-side rugby demanding you are the future of all rugby! - different skill sets so it's better to part ways -Time for a cricket revolution with Test c'ship full time and T20 circus full time but different players thus no more threat to each other - We don't agree so why try to be one church?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on March 15, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    REAL cricket will ALWAYS be TEST cricket.

    End of story.

  • riverlime on March 15, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster....Where do you get your facts about the relative popularity of the formats? I can tell you that Test cricket is enjoyed and PREFERRED by West Indians, despite the fun and hilarity of T20. If you prefer to watch the shortest format yourself , then that is your own personal preference, but please don't presume that everyone else agrees with you. We don't.

  • WeldonHosten on March 15, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Very good point Capt. Meanster.. To add, for small populations like the caribbean islands, it is very difficult to sustain a crowd that in a stadium in the first day much less the other four days. Cricket needs to adjust to the demands of the viewing public and recognize that the format is T20 or short version with flashy clothing, colourful attire carrying commercial logos. It is good for the sport, the viewing public, aspiring cricketers and the players alike. It is especially good the players physical condition have them playing less test cricket sitting in the sun all day increasing the risk of cancer due to exposure.

  • Nutcutlet on March 15, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    @Cpt.M: always nice to exchange pleasantries with you! Well, you don't expect me to agree with you, as ever! TC, no matter what you or I may think, has the deepest tap-root of all the forms of our game. Its demise has been predicted for decades, yet it carries on because the conviction & commitment of those who are its adherents (I'm one, as you know). Our love of our form of cricket is just that much stronger than those who support t20/ODIs. We are passionate about quality & appreciate the infinite facets of the greatest form of any game yet devised by man. We know that TC is what distinguishes our sport from all the others on offer. The very fact that most Americans can't understand it, is an affirmation of its subtlety (though thay may get the hang of entry-level cricket appreciation, i.e. t20).BTW, US sports fans have sports that have singularly failed to travel outside US & Can. As for small Ind crowds: the BCCI don't market it, neither do they care.Too busy in court now anyway!

  • SirViv1973 on March 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    @AK47_pak, I doubt shah will b involved he has signed a new 1 yr deal with Essex so I would think he will b spending the sumer at home once the ipl is over with.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @Nutcutlet: Well.. well.. well. Look buddy, T20 is simply the BEST format of the game. Perhaps English fans such as yourself feel it's in your right to shoulder the burden of test cricket around. But we don't have to do it. The fact is, test cricket is NOT cared for by MOST people outside of England and Australia. If you watched the second day's play between India and Australia at Mohali yesterday, I guess there were a few visiting Australians, a few stadium personnel and their friends and a dog watching the proceedings. How do you put that down to ? Plus, do you think you can globalize the sport via the test format ? Do you think Americans and Canadians such as myself will even consider losing our jobs in return for 5 exaggerated days of boring cricket ? Guess what, my friends think T20 is fun and close to baseball and they will be joining me to watch some IPL games next month. Now that's how to take the sport forward.

  • on March 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Very Good Start For The Caribbean Premier League.Excellent Import To Begin With.

  • Nutcutlet on March 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @RogerC: Correction. T20 is the future of cricketers approaching retirement, their place in the pantheon of Test cricket secure. Time for faux-cricket & topping up the pension pot. Who will know or care what happened in the CPL, IPL, BBL or any other mushroom T20 comp one week later, let alone a year? No one who knows & cares about cricket forgets the great Test matches & players of the past. Life is full of choices. No cricketer worthy of note spends his career playing an endless diet of T20, swapping one set of pyjamas for the next every two months; it's an aimless existence & leaves nothing for posterity. First, he must prove himself playing the proper game as Punter has done. I wish him well. I wish you... discernment.

  • jonesy2 on March 15, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    i feel a "players complaining about not getting paid" saga coming on

  • Achettup on March 15, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    "franchise countries"... wow now I've seen it all. Given their history, I'd suspect one or two Caribbean nations might be offended by that term... It'll be interesting, countries with overseas players, you'd expect strong national support which should supersede the loyalties most cricket league teams in the world enjoy.

  • westindian4life on March 15, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    The Windies Premier League should have still cashed in on inter territorial rivlaries rather than having franchises...all that was really ever required were about 2 or 3 international players in each team especially for weak teams like the leeward islands and CCC...why would you want to break up the nucleus of strong teams like winward islands, guyana, trinidad and tobago, barbados and jamaica...all barbados needed was 2 or 3 good international quality batsmen to make them a really top challenger....this cpl has been badly organized

  • RogerC on March 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    T20 is the future of cricket.

  • on March 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Cashing his Batting.... Its Ponting's time all over again...

  • AK47_pk on March 15, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Time to cash his reputation. He, ll earn in leagues in couple of years more than wat he earned with cricket australia. Hope owais shah will get in to show england that he can do better than those bits of pieces players england keep fielding in nd ignoring a class player like him. Keep slapping ECB owais shah.

  • Meety on March 15, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @Mick Rogers - with you 100%. Hopefully Punter will play on another year or two in the Shield. Give Doolan & Wells an education!

  • cricketanand12 on March 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I hope players like scott styris,ganpahy vignesh,zulfiqar babar,alfonso thomas,glenn maxwell,matt prior,gibbs,azhar mahmood,dilshan duminy,franklin,samit patel,chigumbara,masakadza,kevin obrien,rana navedulhasan,david wiesse,afridi,dockrell,hamid hassan,yuzuvendra chahl,weishtuzian are signed

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Ka-ching! Ponting cashing in!

  • on March 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    More rubbish to the calendar. The game is dead.

  • Imz25 on March 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Go on, Punter! Would be nice to see those pulls!

  • cricketanand12 on March 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Why won't the players outside india retire from internationl cricket.They create more money playing 5 to 15 matches of 3 and houlf hour in these premiere leagues. A quality player llike owais shah isn't getting chance to play for england.Whereas bairstow,butler are getting more and more chances.However,he can earn even more money playing ipl,slpl,bpl,bbl,cpl,friends life t20,ram slam.He isn't in loss,instead english team is missing him.

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    with all these premier leagues in different parts of the world where is the time left for traditional cricket !

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Good onyah Rick after all the grief you've been through

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  • on March 15, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Good onyah Rick after all the grief you've been through

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    with all these premier leagues in different parts of the world where is the time left for traditional cricket !

  • cricketanand12 on March 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Why won't the players outside india retire from internationl cricket.They create more money playing 5 to 15 matches of 3 and houlf hour in these premiere leagues. A quality player llike owais shah isn't getting chance to play for england.Whereas bairstow,butler are getting more and more chances.However,he can earn even more money playing ipl,slpl,bpl,bbl,cpl,friends life t20,ram slam.He isn't in loss,instead english team is missing him.

  • Imz25 on March 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Go on, Punter! Would be nice to see those pulls!

  • on March 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    More rubbish to the calendar. The game is dead.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Ka-ching! Ponting cashing in!

  • cricketanand12 on March 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I hope players like scott styris,ganpahy vignesh,zulfiqar babar,alfonso thomas,glenn maxwell,matt prior,gibbs,azhar mahmood,dilshan duminy,franklin,samit patel,chigumbara,masakadza,kevin obrien,rana navedulhasan,david wiesse,afridi,dockrell,hamid hassan,yuzuvendra chahl,weishtuzian are signed

  • Meety on March 15, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @Mick Rogers - with you 100%. Hopefully Punter will play on another year or two in the Shield. Give Doolan & Wells an education!

  • AK47_pk on March 15, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Time to cash his reputation. He, ll earn in leagues in couple of years more than wat he earned with cricket australia. Hope owais shah will get in to show england that he can do better than those bits of pieces players england keep fielding in nd ignoring a class player like him. Keep slapping ECB owais shah.

  • on March 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Cashing his Batting.... Its Ponting's time all over again...