West Indies news January 26, 2016

Chanderpaul, Santokie granted NOCs for MCL

ESPNcricinfo staff

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has granted NOCs to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, and Krishmar Santokie to play in the Masters Champions League, after the four players had written to the board about their international retirements. Their NOCs come two days ahead of the tournament opener. The MCL, a T20 league for retired players, has been scheduled to take place in the UAE from January 28 to February 13.

Chanderpaul will play for Gemini Arabians and Edwards for Leo Lions. Best and Santokie are part of the Sagittarius Strikers roster.

Michael Muirhead, the CEO of WICB, confirmed the players' retirements and hoped they would do well in the MCL. "This is a tournament [for those] who have retired from international cricket," he said. "We wish for a successful tournament and we hope the opportunity for all the players prove valuable."

Chanderpaul, Best, and Santokie can still play domestic cricket and regional tournaments as local players in West Indies, but, Edwards, who had taken the Kolpak route in March last year can only do so as an overseas professional.

Edwards, who made his debut for West Indies in 2003, had played 125 international matches, the last of which came in 2012. Earlier on Saturday, Chanderpaul, who had not played for West Indies since May 2015, had announced his retirement and Best, 34, played 25 Tests, 26 ODIs and 6 T20Is for West Indies until January 2014.

Santokie, 31, has ended his international career despite playing only 12 T20s for West Indies and boasting a bowling average of 15.02 and an economy rate of 6.78 in all Twenty20 cricket. He has been a regular player in the Caribbean Premier League, but last played for West Indies in 2014. In terms of recent match practice, he had played three matches in the Bangladesh Premier League.

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  • Android on February 3, 2016, 1:35 GMT

    Its a No Objection Certificate

  •   Fahad Khan on January 29, 2016, 5:47 GMT

    Masters Cricket League: Another masterstroke from Geo Super

    The main objective of the Masters Champions League (MCL) is to bring together the real legends of modern-day cricket to participate in an action-packed Twenty20 tournament that is unlike anything seen before. Many superstars are participating in the gala which is being played at state-of-the-art stadiums in the UAE. Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Yousuf, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist are among the legends glittering at the event. Cricket lovers are anxiously waiting for the MCL to watch their favourite players in action taking on each other in a different style. Pakistan's first sports channel Geo Super has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to air the series in the country. The family entertainment channel Geo Tez is also telecasting this cricket league. Besides the cricketers, fans will also be entertained by the presence of filmstars from Ind

  • Perreo on January 29, 2016, 3:37 GMT

    Are we expected to know what "NOC" stands for? I can't find anywhere in the article that explains what "NOC" stands for, for the benefits of the uninitiated. Very frustrating....Surely it's not "network operating centre", which is the official google meaning of the acronym.

  • S on January 28, 2016, 17:00 GMT

    So Santokie has retired?? Shocking really. I was looking forward to watching him at the World T20.

  • Patrick on January 28, 2016, 1:33 GMT

    I felt even at 34, Fidel would have been a good replacement when Gabriel got injured in Aus and also with Roach lack of pace due to injury. He's been playing FC for Hampshire and taking wickets, so he has the conditioning for Test cricket. This is what the fast bowlers lack at the moment.

  • arvindra on January 27, 2016, 19:07 GMT

    Not a smart move by Santokie he could have been on the WICB radar... guess money can do that to some people.

  • Joshua on January 27, 2016, 12:03 GMT

    These younger guys are going to ruin this tournament... Its like they have no appreciation of what the tournament is for...

  • Prateek on January 26, 2016, 23:39 GMT

    It's both a sad and a funny situation. Tendulkar and Warne's All Stars had players, majority of whom would go in hall of fame someday. Although many were too old, out of shape and fitness and matches were drab, at least the players were stars of cricket. What about this MCL? The way things are going somebody with couple of national caps (meaning not good enough to perform consistently at international level and not much of a record to boast of) and under the age of 30 would also be included as a 'Master' of cricket. At the speed younger players are giving up dream of international appearances, can't help but wonder if MCL will cause greater damage to international game then regular T20 leagues.

  • M on January 26, 2016, 23:37 GMT

    I got a feeling that Santokie and Fidel will come out of retirement as soon as the tournament is done. If not, I will hate to see what this MCL will do in the future as more players will chase money in yet another league while giving up international duties. I'm sure that Santokie was in WI's plans for the World T20 as he, Badree, and Rampaul can give us 12 solid overs.

  • K on January 26, 2016, 20:00 GMT

    Chanders has forsaken $$ for WI cricket; 100% dedication. Here is where he will ply his trade and make $$. Only time will tell how long Lloyd's "young brigade" will remain loyal to WI cricket.

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