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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  • Dummy4 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

  • damien 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • John 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Prem on March 16, 2013, 2:40 GMT

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

  • Adrian 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!

  • mitch 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.

  • Axel 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?

  • Carl on March 15, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    REAL cricket will ALWAYS be TEST cricket.

    End of story.

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