The Caribbean Premier League has agreed to omit the words "Trinidad & Tobago" from the Red Steel franchise, based on a request from the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts. According to Roberts, the use of the country name "infringes on the protocols surrounding the use of the name and the sovereignty of the nation."
"The CPL would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the Red Steel team is not a franchise that is based in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a team selected from the fantastic talent pool across the country,'' Damien O'Donohoe, the CPL CEO, said in a statement.
"The team is not restricted to play its home games in Trinidad and Tobago, and ultimately, any decision on where the team is based is dependent on the commitment and support that CPL has already enjoyed with other Governments and owners."
As a result of the change, Red Steel are the only CPL franchise without a country name attached to it. Red Steel, who are captained by Dwayne Bravo, finished fourth in the table in last year's edition and lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors in the semi-finals.