Indian businessman acquires Barbados Tridents

Sun, Feb 7, '16


Caribbean Premier League

Millionaire Indian businessman Vijay Mallya has confirmed his purchase of Caribbean Premier League franchise Barbados Tridents, ending weeks of speculation about the proposed sale.

The 60-year-old said he had met with Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week and secured government’s support in the venture, and had subsequently moved ahead with the acquisition.

“I’ve acquired the team. It is a joint venture if not exactly in the classical sense of the term. I will, of course, take a lead role and that is because I understand the Twenty20 competition,” he told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper here Saturday.

He added: “There is no central revenue in the CPL as in the case of the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the revenue stream is tickets and sponsorship. The numbers did not add up and the only solution was to go to the government.

“I met the Prime Minister of Barbados and he has promised all the support. Once the government came forward, I told the CPL that I’m ready. It is a joint venture of sorts.


read more at Barbados Today

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Carlos Brathwaite lands big payday with Daredevils

Sun, Feb 7, '16


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BENGALURU, India—Rising West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite made headlines at the Indian Premier League auction yesterday when he was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for US$626 000.

The 27-year-old, who made a huge impact with his power-hitting on the recent Test tour of Australia, entered the draft with a base price of US$30 000 but saw his value catapult as Delhi moved quickly to secure his services. He will now make his first ever appearance in the glitzy multi-million-dollar tournament that runs from April 8 to May 29.

“Excited to be a part of IPL and DelhiDaredevils. Giving thanks,” Brathwaite tweeted shortly afterward. He was one four West Indies players to find success during the auction. Opener Dwayne Smith was picked up by new franchise Gujarat Lions for US$343,000, Test and one-day captain Jason Holder was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $104,000 while leg-spinner Samuel Badree went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $74 000.

read more at Trinidad Guardian

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Sat, Feb 6, '16



St. John’s, ANTIGUA - The report of the findings from the “alleged interference” in the selection process for the senior men’s team is in. The report also features a seven-point recommendation going forward.
Interviews were conducted with nine West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) personnel and the three cases which were under scrutiny was one home test series against Australia; one away one-day international series against Zimbabwe (which was cancelled) and the away ODI series against Sri Lanka…all in 2015.

The findings stated that the actions of the President and Vice President to support the selection of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the home series in May last year, were personal statements and were done without approval of the Board of Directors. The other findings reported support the roles of the Director of Cricket and the Selectors and that they were following the existing selection policies and guidelines.

The seven-point recommendations spoke to a number of areas for improvement to include but not limited to:
· Providing mediation for the Selection Panel

· Clearly defined roles for the team and individuals separately

· Refining of policies on selection

· Advising the public on selection criteria

· A closer look at performance standards

· An update to the terms of reference for the Selection Committee

The report which was conducted by Human Resource Specialist, Colin Barnett, was presented to the Executive Team and will be used as a guide going forward. The report is also an agenda item for the Board of Directors regular quarterly meeting, set for March in Antigua. Barnett also sits on the WICB’s HR Committee.

The next major international assignment for the WICB is the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India from March 8 – April 3. The women’s squad which is currently in camp in Barbados will go to South Africa before going on to India, while the men’s team will participate in a camp in Dubai later this month.

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Simmons shines in opener but Gayle, Bravo fail

Sat, Feb 6, '16


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb 5, CMC – Superstar opener Chris Gayle made an inauspicious start to the Pakistan Super League with a failure but Lendl Simmons hit an unbeaten half-century to propel Karachi Kings to a seven-wicket victory in their opening game of the Pakistan Super League here Friday.

Sent in at the Dubai International Stadium, Gayle’s Lahore Qalanders managed just 125 for eight off their 20 overs, with the West Indies left-hander scoring just six.

He perished to the fourth ball of the game, holing out to long on off off-spinner Shoaib Malik with the score on six.

read more at Antigua Observer

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Warriors to give preference to region-based players during CPL draft

Sat, Feb 6, '16



THE Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has confirmed a stellar line-up of international stars, but the Guyana Amazon Warriors will most likely give preference to the region-based players, according a top official within the Warriors management. The CPL player draft takes place on February 11 in Barbados where 289 players – 157 from West Indies and 132 from overseas – have been registered for the draft.
“We are still in discussion … we want the best players, but obviously we want to give preference to the players in the region,” the official said.
Further this publication was reliably informed that star batsman Lendl Simmons and skipper Denesh Ramdin are unlikely to be a part of the Warriors make-up.
Simmons, who has been the team’s highest run-scorer over the past three seasons, and Ramdin are locked in fee negotiations with the local franchise, but Chronicle Sport was reliably informed that no tenable resolution has been reached by the parties.This publication also understands that New Zealand star batsman Martin Guptill, who played for the Warriors during the first edition, is likely to return to the Warriors setup after representing the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last season.

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