West Indies news May 30, 2013

Gilchrist out of CPL with ankle injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist could have played his last competitive match after he pulled out from the Caribbean Premier League due to an ankle injury.

Glichrist turned up for Kings XI Punjab in this year's IPL after saying he was "finished" last year and signed off by claiming his first wicket in a two-decade career. Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has replaced Gilchrist in the franchise player line-up.

The league also announced the line-up of marquee players and coaches for each of its six franchises. The full squads of each franchise will be determined through a player draft on June 5.

Preparations for the tournament, which starts on July 30, have not been entirely smooth, with CPL operations manager Carlisle Powell expressing concern that the venues for the leagues have not been finalised yet.

"We're dealing with six different governments," Powell said at a press conference on Tuesday. "As a former minister of government (in Nevis), I can tell you things do not always move fast in government."

"Do I wish for anything to change? Yes. If I had the choice, all the venue agreements would have been signed a month ago, and all the sponsorship arrangements would have been completed," he said. "If we don't have signed venue agreements, we simply do not have homes for our franchises."

With the tournament scheduled to begin in two months' time, Powell met with the Ministry of Tourism and the respective venue owners to enlist their help in fixing the venues as soon as possible.

"What I have to do as operations manager now is follow (up) very closely with those governments, because we need venue agreements signed," he said. "We are asking for the Ministries of Tourism to partner with us in each of the six franchise locations."

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  • degiant on June 1, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Nice set up but David Williams should be the coach instead of Greenidge because of experience, but we all know WI is about big name and not about who can do the job

  • satishchandar on May 31, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Now with TT split across teams, anyone can win.. If they stayed together, they will win every single tournament hands down unless there is a minor miracle in the form of Foo.. All the best for CPL folks.. These guys know how to rock a T20 tournament..

  • Priyavrat96 on May 31, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    There should be Indian players also in the league.

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    That Guyana bowling attack already start off good. That's eight oves of no runs right there with Hafeez and Narine.

  • stormy16 on May 30, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Being the current T20 world champs and the most notable achievers in the IPL I think its safe to say the Windies are the T20 Kings. The game suits their flamboyant game and colorful personalities and I must say there is something special about wathing the Windies at cricket and the current crop bring back memories of the once mighty Windies. Looking forward to the CPL very much, should be great.

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    thought kieron would play for trinidad...

  • Alexei on May 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Best combination here based on current form is in Trinidad with Dwayne Bravo and Ross Taylor with Guyana not too far behind

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    When will David Williams become a coach and how long he will be as an Assistant coach, poor chap, isnt it?

  • Meety on May 30, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Is BrianLara playing? (no coaching role) Very interested to see how bad boy Curtly does, didn't think he had any involvement at all with cricket!

  • British_North_America on May 30, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    The name WEST INDIES is only for cricket.Can they split up?

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