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WICB working on launching 'commercial T20 league' - Hilaire

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September 8, 2012

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Dwayne Bravo carves one through the off side, Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago, final, Caribbean T20 2011-12, Bridgetown, January 22, 2012
While the West Indies could soon have a new T20 league, the existing Caribbean T20 will be played in January 2013 © Randy Brooks/West Indies Cricket Board
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Ernest Hilaire, the outgoing chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has revealed that a "commercial Twenty20" league in the Caribbean is in the works. Hilaire's term comes to an end on September 30, but he said he would like to leave having finalised the deal, which was being supported by an unnamed investor.

"We're in the advanced stages of discussions to have a commercial Twenty20 league in the region and I have been leading the negotiations on that. We're very close to completing the negotiations. I would like to complete that whole process before I move on," Hilaire said in an interview with the Antigua-based Observer Radio. "We are in discussions with an investor. Once we have an understanding, we can move forward with it."

Hilaire did not elaborate on the exact structure of the Twenty20 league and if it would be a mirror image of other popular domestic leagues like the IPL. He did make it clear though that the existing Caribbean Twenty20 will be played next year. "We will be having the Caribbean Twenty20 in January as scheduled. The board will meet next week and make some decisions on its structure and how it will be organised."

On September 14, the WICB directors are scheduled to meet to discuss the governance structure of the board. Hilaire said the board would also discuss the planned T20 league and finalise its structure. He would be bringing on board both the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) to discuss issues pertaining to players, he said, to make sure there were no hurdles. "We will need to speak to WIPA and FICA, and other stakeholders, to make sure everybody is on board."

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Posted by Sportsscientist on (September 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

there is not enough financial capacity for too many T20 leagues globaly. at best the WICB can create an equivalent of the ECBs version. The WICB's best bet is to try and involve themselves in to USA league.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Dr. Hilaire may not be your most popular WI administrator if any of them are, but I think he deserves some props for his assistance in getting the team turned around and headed in the right direction. I wish him well in his new endeavor.

As for our own T20 league, I wish them well too. Never been a big fan of this format of the game for various reasons. I think it would be better for WI cricket if a serious effort is made to professionalize our anemic FC tournament. At present, it's akin to a patient on life support anticipating but not looking forward to death. The powers that be ought to be seeking some funds to pump into the game at the regional level. Make it better. Attract a couple of foreign stars. Provide opportunities for young players to learn the finer points of the game at a higher level. Hone skills.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Well done Hillaire,You have served your purpose,good and bad by bye

Posted by delboy on (September 10, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

The likes of Gayle, Smith, Bravo, Samuels and Pollard would do well to invest their money in building a T20 league in the WI, with emphasis o a legacy and their non-playing years (PENSION). Have their business advisers franchise this to investors rather than having the WIBC selling WI cricket down the river merely with a COMMERCIAL focus.

Posted by djdrastic on (September 9, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Who is still watching flat track t20 cricket ? Honestly the format is so boring and played out.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Where every board is thinking of arranging T20s league to make money and promote their young talent then why not w.indies..

Posted by Buckers410 on (September 9, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Great, where is the test championship we were talking about?????? Thats what i want to see

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 9, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Sadly, the world doesn't really want that many T20 leagues. At most, 2 or 3 will succeed while the rest will fail. I hope that the WICB realises this. Will Stanford's league did well, that was largely because it was at the time the only one going. Right now, they might struggle. If, like the BBL, they are conservative with their aims, then they may have a chance. But if they think that they will be like the IPL, then they can expect some very hard times to come.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

As long as some of the proceeds from this comp get put back in to improving the FC circuit, then I'm all for it.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

happy riddance from W.I. cricket, Mr. Hilaire,and all the best in your new job

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