Caribbean Premier League 2013 April 4, 2013

Taylor signs for Caribbean Premier League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, became the third foreign player to sign for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist. Six international players from West Indies have already confirmed their participation - Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels.

"I am very excited about playing in the first ever edition of the CPL," Taylor said. "As current world champions, West Indies have been a force in T20 cricket over the past couple of years, and CPL should help uncover new international superstars in the mould of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine. The Caribbean is one of my favourite places to play cricket and with the passionate crowds, great atmosphere and the athletic style of play, I'm looking forward to being a part of this exciting competition."

Taylor has 3450 runs in 151 Twenty20s at 30.80 with a strike rate of 142.79. He is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for his fourth franchise Pune Warriors, after having previously represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.

The inaugural edition of the CPL will be played this year from July 29 to August 26 by six franchise countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. Each team will select 15 players with a limit of four international players and at least four players under the age of 23.

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  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Why do we have to pay foreign players to play for us when we have a lot of talent?

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    I am concern about the sustainability of the CPL, particularly as the economies in the Caribbean are not well. We must ensure that the CPL is a success for the sake of the people of the Caribbean. The foundation for the CPL has been laid I wish the new administrators well as they take this forward.

  • Ian on April 5, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    I look forward to theCPL T20, I can just imagine the show that will go on. This will certainly assist in the revival of cricket into West Indies

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    CPL - How about getting some players from your neighbouring Americas region such as Canada, USA, Argentina, Cayman etc. Give them a chance.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    yea man i am liking this, once more big names sign it will get the following it deserves. this could only be good for our team and game in general. more money in the game will mean more talented youngsters will see cricket as a viable option instead of being pulled away by other sports

  • Gaurav on April 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    WI cricket on an upward move - Good to see the progress

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    They must sign up hamid hassan and ryan ten doeschate!

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    The format - limited squad and foreign players, allowance for youngsters - excellent! This is what the T/20 should be.

  • Jay on April 5, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    It's understandable that the WI T20 season starts close towards the end of the Trans-Tasman summer. Gives an opportunity to guys like Ponting, Gilly and Taylor to go and have a nice Caribbean vacation doing what they love doing - play cricket !

  • Andrew on April 5, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Thought there'd be more Kiwis being signed up given they NZC has a partnership with the WICB?

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