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UPDATE: CPL names six franchise teams

155023The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) authorities have announced the name of its six franchise teams and unveiled the team logos after weeks of speculations and hundreds of suggestions via social media, reports UNB.

The names of six CPL franchise teams: Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks, and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.

Caribbean Cricket Premier League squads finalised

From ESPNcricinfo staff

The Caribbean Premier League draft was held in Jamaica on June 5, with squads of 15 finalised for each of the six participating franchises.

Marlon Samuels has been named a franchise player for Antigua and Barbuda, Kieron Pollard for Barbados, Sunil Narine for Guyana, Chris Gayle for Jamaica, Darren Sammy for St Lucia, and Dwayne Bravo for Trinidad & Tobago. The West Indies franchise players, who were in London because of the Champions Trophy, were tuned in online during the draft process. “I really enjoyed the entire draft process. I can’t wait for the CPL to get started, and I love my team,” Bravo said.

Among the overseas players, Ricky Ponting, Steven Smith and Justin Kemp will play for Antigua and Barbuda while Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, and Shakib Al Hasan will play for Barbados. Mohammad Hafeez, Martin Guptill, and James Franklin will represent Guyana, and Muttiah Muralitharan, Shaun Marsh, Vernon Philander, and Jacques Rudolph have been enlisted by Jamaica. Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel, and Tamim Iqbal have been signed by St Lucia, and Ross Taylor, Aaron Finch, and Kevin O’Brien will turn out for Trinidad & Tobago. Adam Gilchrist, last week, pulled out of the Caribbean Premier League due to an ankle injury.

Players in the league were originally divided into three groups. Pool A featured international cricketers – 14 from West Indies and 12 from overseas. Pool B included six international and over 100 local players, a few of whom have represented West Indies. Under-23 players from across the Caribbean islands made up Pool C.

A head coach, assistant coach, one West Indian and one international player, designated as ‘franchise players’ (who are among the 15 in each squad) made up the team’s selection committee, and was in charge of strategies for the draft. These franchise players were not part of the three pools and were appointed to each team by the league.

Apart from the two franchise players, each team could pick four players from Pool A, seven players from Pool B and two from Pool C. Players selected from Pool C have to be under 23 years of age before September 1, 2013. However, five of the six franchises picked just three international players instead of four. Jamaica was the only one that picked four international cricketers.

A total of 24 matches will be played in the competition that starts on 30 July and ends on August 24.

Antigua and Barbuda: Marlon Samuels, Ricky Ponting, Kieran Powell, Johnson Charles, Kemar Roach, Steven Smith, Sheldon Cotterell, Dave Mohammed, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Justin Kemp, Rakheem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Anthony Martin, Montcin Hodge.

Barbados: Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Umar Akmal, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Rayad Emrit, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Mayes, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Ramon Reifer.

Guyana: Sunil Narine, Mohammad Hafeez, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, James Franklin, Christopher Barnwell, Martin Guptill, Krishmar Santokie, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul.

Jamaica: Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan, Andre Russell, Ravi Rampaul, Shaun Marsh, Vernon Philander, Danza Hyatt, Carlton Baugh, Nikita Miller, Jacques Rudolph, Chadwick Walton, Jermaine Blackwood, Akeem Dewar, Dave Bernard, Nkrumah Bonner.

St. Lucia: Darren Sammy, Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel, Tino Best, Tamim Iqbal, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher, Garey Mathurin, Liam Sebastien, Dalton Polius, Kavem Hodge, Kenroy Peters, Nelon Pascal.

Trinidad & Tobago: Dwayne Bravo, Ross Taylor, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Aaron Finch, Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper, Kevin O’Brien, Sulieman Benn, Adrian Barath, Delorn Johnson, Nicholas Pooran, Yannick Cariah, Miguel Cummins, Justin Guillen.

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Digicel invests in Caribbean Premier League

From Indian

MUMBAI: With the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket tourney which bowls off in Barbados on 30 July 2013 Digicel has taken a majority stake in the annual Twenty20 cricket tournament.

The move sees Digicel further expanding its cricket portfolio which includes sponsorship of West Indies cricket, sponsorship of players including Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, a youth development programme and sponsorship of the CPL.

Verus International chairman and CEO Ajmal Khan said; “Since we launched the Caribbean Premier League in partnership with the WICB, we have been focused on attracting major strategic partners who will help build a world class tournament that stimulates the local economies of the Caribbean.”

“I am delighted that my close partners at Digicel have shared so passionately the vision I have for the development of cricket and the unequalled opportunity that is provided by this tournament for the entire Caribbean region. I look forward to working with the WICB and Digicel to accomplish these goals,” he added.

Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves said; “The Caribbean Premier League is set to be the biggest party in sport this summer. We have already signed on as a major sponsor of the tournament, so when we were offered the opportunity to invest in the CPL, we jumped at it. We are really excited by the opportunities the League brings to the region across tourism, trade and importantly, jobs for local Caribbean people. We look forward to an incredible cricket event and we hope everybody will enjoy the show.”

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Caribbean Premier League signs franchise partnership deal

From Caribbean News Now

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — With just over seven weeks to go until the inaugural Caribbean Premier League kicks off, CPL Ltd has announced the signing of its first franchise agreement on behalf of Guyana.

The franchisee is well known Guyanese businessman Dr Ranjisingh ’Bobby’ Ramroop, owner of the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (New GPC). The final agreement with Ramroop was signed on Monday in Guyana with CPL officials. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent selection of the new franchise based teams that took place on June 5 in Montego Bay.

Headquartered in Guyana, New GPC Inc. has been operating for ninety years and is the Caribbean’s oldest and largest pharmaceutical manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter cosmetics preparations and veterinary products of the highest quality.

Ramroop was very excited about what is to come as the new owner of the Guyana franchise.

“The CPL is just what we needed in the Caribbean and in Guyana. This tournament and my companies’ investment will help to develop cricket talent and also stimulate economies across the region,” said Ramroop. “We are elated to be part of this inaugural year and look forward to the growth and development of CPL which we believe will be the envy of the cricketing world.”


Guyana’s franchise players are West Indian Sunil Narine and Pakistan player Mohammed Hafeez. They are joined by players drafted on Wednesday – Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, James Franklin, Chris Barnwell, Martin Guptill, Krishmar Santokie, William Perkins, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Narsingh Deonarine and Veerasammy Permaul.

“We are thrilled to have Dr Ramroop and his group of companies as part of the CPL,” said Damien O’Donohoe, CPL CEO. “It is clear that he understands our vision and what we want to achieve. We appreciate the enthusiasm he brings and we believe that Team Guyana will benefit greatly from his support.”

The inaugural Caribbean Premier League starts on 30 July in Barbados and concludes on 24 August in Trinidad. The matches in Guyana take place 31 July and 2 and 4 August.

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