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Caribbean Premier League to contract 90 players

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2013

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Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle during practice ahead of the World Twenty20, Providence, April 27, 2010
Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle will be among the Caribbean Premier League's 'franchise players' © West Indies Cricket Board

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the inaugural edition of which is set to begin on July 29, will include six franchises with 90 contracted players in all. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard have been named 'franchise players'. Each of these icon players will turn out for one of the six teams, which are likely to be from Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

This was announced by the WICB, alongside Verus International - the Barbados and USA-based company that is funding the Twenty20 league - during a press conference in St James on Tuesday. The CPL agreement between Verus International and the West Indies board stands for a minimum of 20 years. This tournament, the WICB reaffirmed, will replace the existing Caribbean T20 as region's domestic Twenty20 competition.

The financial benefits that the league will offer the players are a big positive, WICB president Julian Hunte said: "The WICB is elated with the agreement, which will allow for regional retainer contracts for a broad pool of players. These contracts will be funded by the CPL to the tune of US$360,000 annually. This significant investment will truly allow for cricketers in the Caribbean to pursue their profession as professionals."

The icon players will not necessarily represent their country in the league. Dirk Hall, managing director of Verus International, said this was to ensure better balance: "The CPL has chosen the top six T20 players in the region based on their stats and performances in this format of the game. Doing it this way ensures that each team is bolstered by a talented, top West Indian player, and that there is balance and fairness across the board on all six teams."

The CPL is also looking to rope in six international 'franchise players', one for each franchise. Every franchise will contract 15 players in all, with a maximum of four overseas signings. Of the regional players, at least six must be from the franchise country (in the case of St Lucia, locals will include players from the Windwards Islands and the in case of Antigua, players from the Leeward Islands) and four must be under-23 players. Apart from the appointed icon players, the rest of the squads will be assembled via a draft system, the working details of which are as yet unknown.

The WICB confirmed that the tournament's schedule has been drawn up so that the dates do not clash with any other West Indies international or domestic tournaments, or the IPL. All contracted players will be under an obligation to turn out for their franchises in the tournament.

The inaugural edition will include 30 group matches, followed by an eliminator and a final. Each of the franchises will play the other five on a home and away basis during the group stage.

The 2014 edition of the CPL is scheduled to be played between July 5 and August 10, while the 2015 tournament will run from June 21 to July 26.

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Posted by inot on (February 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Explain balance when one team gets Gayle, Pollard etc and another gets Sammy. Can a team, say Trinidad, refuse him if they can get someone like Warner or Peterson? I hope so!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

It would be better if the name of the team was the city and not the country... playing for the country when you are not from the does not have a patriotic ring to it and makes no sense. This should definitely be reconsidered. How does this sound: The Georgetown Golden Boys, the Kingston Kingpins, Bridgetown Bulldozers, T&T Tacticians, Castries Wildcats and the St Johns Jaspers.

Posted by degama01 on (February 16, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Specialist bowlers for Trinidad franchise: Saeed Ajmal (PAK), Sunil Narine, Rampaul.

Narine on one end and Ajmal on the other would spell trouble for any opposing team, especially since in recent years pitches in the Caribbean approach more subcontinental-type conditions.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Rising_edge1234 do you that Sammy is the #8 all rounder in test in the World & #9 in ODI in the World.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

We are moving from CT20 to CPL, Overall it is a positive, like the states and counties the geographic territories will now become franchise Sam start well with naming of the franchises, but I dont think the Country names will be mentioned. Its Club cricket, Port Of Spain will have Pollard, ramdin, simmons, Holder, and Corbin and so on. The most beneficial aspect is that the regional players will be full fledged pros. and thats especially good for the 19-23 yrs olds there can have a focus on hone their overall game and not worry about income. Then we can allocate programs geared to address the 4 day game, follow vellocricket online

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (February 14, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

Sammy is an icon player? More like a con player to me. and did you see the logo? What a horrible choice.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (February 14, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

@ Guyvillageman T20 isnt proper Cricket, so really does matter,

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

GUYVILLAGEMAN it is no longer your country, it is a club based in your country. The people on the New York Yankees come from all parts of the US, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama and Puerto Rico and perhaps a few from Guam, but NY support them. What makes a Guyanese less intelligent than a New Yorker. In T&T and Guyana, when the Indian cricket team play there, lots of Trinis and Guyanese support them over the WI team.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

@ SAM SOOPERSAUD - Mumbai have a few players who are not from Mumbai and the residents support the team with the same alacrity as if they were all Mumbaians. Why do you feel that W. Indians would not have the same attitude towarts teams of similarly composed? All islands support the WI team, even islands that don't have representatives on it, so it would not be a psychological stretch at all. Remember also that at least 6 players on each team must be from the franchise country. The Windward Islands team consists of players from 4 different islands and the ream is embraced in Grenada as well as it is embraced in St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominica.

Posted by phendel on (February 14, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

hopefully the Guyana franchise doesn't get Sammy.....he's a good player but compared to the other 5 stars he's a strong #6 choice....Samuels maybe??...tht wud be gr8

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

There are some merits in the arguments, both for and against the formation of the CPL. For over two decades now the WIteam have been faltering in the test arena around the world. Even in the ODI version, they have not shown any kind of resistance. We are the World T20 champions. We are the best in his format.This has revived the interest in cricket among the Caribbean people. The rivalry that has existed in the past among the various criket regions (countries) is the one thing that has perpetuated the interest in cricket. Now with players representing a country other than their own, what motivation would be there to spark a rivalry? For instance Guyana is not really Guyana as a T&T playe(s) is on board. Same with the Barbados or T&T side. How about The Guyana Gilbakers, and the Barbados Flyingfish and the T&T Calypsonions and the St Lucia Yatchs and the Jamaica Rompers and the Antigua the idea! I hope some CPL monies would be pumped to improve the test format.

Posted by Rajit on (February 14, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

including four U-23 players is not a good idea..I feel ..these players should be kept away from T20 games ,especially the bowlers and allowed to blossom in the longest format.

Posted by Guyvillageman on (February 14, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

As a Guyanese and an avid fan of the Guyanese cricket team , there is no possible way that I would be interested in watching players from another country (TT, Barbados or others) represent my country. I think that this is totally unacceptable and a breakdown in what real cricket is about.

If the WICB would like to get involved in nonsense T20 cricket, then they should change the names of the team from the specific countries in the West Indies to something like names of animals or cars or other things.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Polly or Bravo for the Trinidad Franchise!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

Well look at the management, this like the entire nation of Kenya. You are right when you say, ' they spoil everything". You need American CEO for Caribbean cricket.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

weather may well be a factor during the period proposed

Posted by yoadie on (February 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

A Jamaican proverb: `Monkey have money, him tek it buy cheese, ' (or something to that effect). Why didn't the WICB steer the sponsor to instead, dousing four-day tournaments with the money? We are giving more shrift to T20 cricket, when expertise in five-day Test cricket, is what is more sorely lacking. Why can't we just let one fad pass us by? Do we West Indians always have to say, `me too?' Remember Stanford? Isn't this a case of expecting to reap peas, when we are planting corn? And when the Australias, the Englands and the South Africas of the Test cricket world `white-wash' us, we cry `Uncle.'

Posted by Robster1 on (February 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Shame Fort Lauderdale, Florida not included - superb ground, big local following & easy communication.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (February 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

I would like this to be a bigger success than IPL. Nothing against IPL which I think is a great product but West Indies seems to be the last place in the cricket world where audience and players both seem to understand that it is a game and should be enjoyed as such.I think a successful T 20 league would allow this great game to thrive in that part of the world and will allow exciting players to show off their skills to the home crowd.

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Guys, if dont like T20 wrong link to click.

Posted by vak1997 on (February 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Too many T20 leagues isn't compatible with the cricket calender. IPL and BBL is enough. No more. Players for all the countries should be allowed to take part. The cricket boards of the respective countries should render profit on percentage of players participation to their country. This would stop cricket boards from starting T20 leagues. Domestic T20 tournament is enough.

Posted by kentjones on (February 13, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Whilst some may criticise the WICB for jumping on the 20/20 bandwagon, and with some merit, in terms of priority and emphasis, there is no doubting it is a logically safe ploy that should prove to be a good financial investment, bringing much need dollars into the rather bare coffers of WICB. Also, T20 is proving to be the financial cow of cricket and can guarantee a solid income for players who may not have had such an opportunity, as well as raise the profile of the game and maybe expand its reach to some of the Caribbean youths, who may be otherwise distracted and or lured by other sports offering greater monetary rewards. More than anything Wi need an enthusiastic following among its people, especially the younger ones to ensure WI cricketing legacy become activated, relevant, and competitive on the field of play and not transformed into some historical museum piece like Fire in Babylon to be viewed perpetually in nostalgia and vacuous reminiscences of 'the good old days' of WI

Posted by adam_clone on (February 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

I've to agree with @Karl Augustine. I am a fan of test cricket, and would hate to see these T20 leagues taking their bites out of test cricket. But for a region like the West Indies, a well organized league would only do good, in bringing more youngsters into the game, with a viable income source. Once initiated, a good number of guys would certainly see how important Test cricket is, and would gradually grow into it, or at least I'm hoping that would happen. How many of you can honestly picture Windies cricket in its 'still alive and breathing' state, if not for the IPL and the monies from the other leagues?

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

WICB could spoil Dahee ! Dahee is a delicacy made by deliberating spoiling milk . They couldn't even keep what Allen Sanford left them with . They should mentain the exixting competition , just add the contract about the foreigh players BUT remove the CCC as a team !

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Wow..... Darren Sammy a franchise player..that a joke if he was not the captain of the west indies team ..there is no way he would be selected in the team ...

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

And of course Indian players wont take part in this tournament.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

for all those saying that this will kill test cricket, you all are missing the point!!! yes test cricket is important but in order for test cricket to survive people must be playing cricket in the first place. in the case of the Windies, t20 has reinvigorated the public's interest in the game and also provided the framework for more westindian youth to see cricket as a viable career choice, more cricket being played and more money being invested in the game regionally ccan only be good for the health of the game, and if test cricket suffers a bit by having fewer series or games then so be it. this is only part of the natural evolution of things, who's to say that this isn't the vehicle which puts us back on top of the game, by unearthing more talent than before? talent that can see us having 3 specialised teams, for each of the format, who is say that the reason why Windies currently don't play test cricket during the IPL window is as a result of our small pool of talent(currently)

Posted by Vivekaks on (February 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Isnt this an overkill of T20 cricket. IPL, BBL, BPL, SLPL...pakistan is planning to have one and now West Indies...I think we seriously need a rethink. Some might try to draw a parallel between football leagues and T20 leagues, but what they are forgetting is, that football players dont have so many international tournaments, so they can afford to have as many leagues. I think everyone is lamenting test matches are dying. guess wat these kind of moves are ensuring that. I am not sayin banish T20, but dont give an overkill of it. revamp test matches. Its jus sad to see bowlers being clobbered in these leagues. I enjoy T20, but too much of something is bad enuf. IPL and BBL are the only 2 leagues which deserve to exist, as they are highly competitive.

Posted by cricketkumar on (February 13, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

the space for test cricket is shrinking by the day. what is the purpose of playing all these futile leagues.

Posted by crickethung on (February 13, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

This is a big blunder by wicb. The one good tournament in the west Indies they have ruined. Even if it is free it will flop. Wicb.... You have taken away all the passion and pride of the supporters for their countries. what a big shame. There will be no rivalry. just ridiculous.

Posted by mihir_nam on (February 13, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Windies don't play Test Matches during IPL season April May. Now they will be having CPL in July Aug when will they play Test Matches..or Windies want to quit Playing Test Matches along side Sri Lanka and concentrate on Leagues

Posted by ravi2047 on (February 13, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

such kind of leagues would play a crucial role in providing competitive space for the associate nations' players.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

hopefully to give some participation for afghan player who they are playing very well fast in the on going BPL. Like hamid hassan,shinwawari, nabi, zadran, and some others who are playing inside the country.

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