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WICB working on launching 'commercial T20 league' - Hilaire

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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, 15:44 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, 1:16 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, 20:18 GMT)

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

Posted by delboy on (September 10, 2012, 12:18 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, 14:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 12:22 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, 8:44 GMT)

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

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 9, 2012, 4:31 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, 4:02 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, 2:35 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Well done Mr. Hilaire . You have been doing your upmost to bring back some respect to WI cricket and the Caribbean people . For too long we've been down and under in World Cricket .I sure hope and looking forward to great things to come . Thanks againg and good luck in your new job . WICB must find a replacement to improve and not retard the progress made by the current crop who holds WI cricke to heart .

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

When the WICB out anything together, confusion is not far behind.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

I will not support another International T20 League but will welcome one similar to The Stanford 20/20 Island format with the involvement of the past WI players. Can't wait for Sept 30th. my only regret is that the St. Lucians have to endure him until that admin changes. Our unusual make up of the WI side demands Govts' involvement in any Cricket administration, they use taxpayers monies to finance venues , supporting infrastructure and all the NATIONAL arrangements and preps for games. When we host International sides Caricom Govts work via that institution to ensure success and uniformity even easy hassle free travel for fans and teams.

Posted by Burbon on (September 8, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

This is Hilaire's one last chance to mess up our cricket before he leaves. I hope this never works ,I'm tired of seeing fantasy cricket. ICC please show this greedy administrators who's really incharge , say no to this nonsense.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

here we go .....Hilarie and his unpopular statments.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

OH YEAH !!!! this is GREAT news !! the DEMISE of test cricket is at hand. I am not worried one bit !!! - A proud T20 fan. BUT.. hold on your horses... what happens to the different island affiliations ???? So is it gonna be a club in Jamaica vs a club in Trinidad ? Hmm.... that doesn't make any sense to me.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Let us hope this is only to replace the defunct but highly popular Stanford 20/20, where regional teams only were allowed competition. If that is to be done, it will not be antagonistic to have other international teams invited to participate, if they are similarly madeup, i.e. a provincial team from Pakistan, etc...

Posted by newMachine on (September 8, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Its seems that the WICB is not satisfied with who represents the Caribbean at the CLT20...I guess this is a move to change that..

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

i agree with these theses leagues for the fans entertainment . people will more aquainted with the stars all over the world. eventhough i like test cricket some people don,t. we must cater for everyone

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Wow, another T20 league.

Posted by Potatis on (September 8, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

My initial reaction was sadness and frustration that this hollow game was continuing to proliferate. Who knows though, it might actually work for the West Indies. They have been losing talent to better paying sports such as basketball for years now. It might help young people in the caribbean to become more interested in cricket, and we might see some new superstars come through. It would be good for world cricket if the West Indies could be even half as strong as they were in the 80s. But with 2nd and 3rd rate players making up the teams, as happens in these leagues, maybe it'll do nothing afterall to develop high class skills.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

What the heck is this business cricket??? making cricket a commercial game is scary... World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE) is also a commercial game where all the wrestlers are professionally trained actors... Cricket was, is and should always remain a real game...

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

I am SICK and TIRED of all these T20 leagues! In the end, players wont have time to play for their own countries. Surely the ICC must do something about this. Even if there is a T20 league, it should only b for domestic purposes, and international players should be banned from these leagues.PLEASE ICC,DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!PLEEEEAASSE

Posted by leftarmtweaker on (September 8, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

For gods sakes, how many T20 leagues do you want? There's the Indian Premier League, Sri Lankan Premier League, Bangladeshi Premier League, Champions League, Aussie Big Bash... and the list goes on! Please, why not launch a new first class or one day league, because T20 cricket is not going to benefit the future of West Indian cricket. :(

Posted by Abaa on (September 8, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

the beginning of the end of real cricket ...

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