'CPL was resounding success' - Hall

Fri, Sep 18, '20

 

Caribbean Premier League

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Director of Operations, Michael Hall, has hailed the recently concluded edition of the tournament as a huge success, in light of the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s staging, which had initially been in doubt due to the global coronavirus outbreak, was eventually staged in Trinidad and Tobago in a biosecure environment, without fans.  The Trinbago Knight Riders created history by being the first team to claim the title without losing a match.

“I think by any measure, this year, the Caribbean Premier League was a resounding success for the simple reason that we were able to do what we did, stage the tournament successfully, have some decent cricket played despite the fact that a number of cricketers would have been rusty,” Hall told the Mason and Guest radio program.

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'WI missing out on top T20 talent' - Barbados Cricket Director Leslie

Fri, Sep 18, '20

 

Caribbean Premier League

Barbados Cricket Director Stephen Leslie has called on regional cricket custodians to do more to ensure top local T20 talent is not cast aside, in light of limited places in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The recently concluded edition of the tournament, which was won by the Trinbago Knight Riders, did feature some of the region’s emerging talent.  In fact, a list of 20 young players was, as is required, named ahead of the tournament and several players featured prominently throughout the competition. 

“The CPL has a franchise model, which in my view, has not been able to expose the best T20 cricketer that ply their trade in the Caribbean,” Leslie told the Mason and Guest radio program.

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Tallawahs CEO confident Russell will be back for 2021 CPL season

Thu, Sep 17, '20

 

Caribbean Premier League

Jamaica Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller believes Andre Russell will be back with the team for the 2021 season of the Hero CPL, despite the latter’s outburst earlier this year that this would be his last season with the team.

In a recent interview on Sportsnation Live on Nationwide Radio in Kingston, Miller spoke highly of Russell and expressed optimism about Dre Russ’ return next season.

“Andre is a team player. I can’t say more about the support he has given us. He has been a tremendous voice in the dressing room; he has been a mentor to Rovman Powell (JT team captain). He has been involved in our discussions and I would anticipate that Mr Russell will be back next year.”

Miller’s confidence belies the outburst from the former Tallawahs captain in April when in a rant on an Instagram Live, he declared that he would not return to the team after the just-concluded season.

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Collymore says Windies Women adjusting to life in biosecure bubble in England

Thu, Sep 17, '20

 

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The visiting contingent, comprising 18 players, arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) over two weeks ago. West Indies will be based in Derby for the entirety of the tour as per regulations aimed at reducing exposure to the novel coronavirus.

“I think they've adapted quite well [to the biosecure bubble] and they are enjoying each other's company — and that's for players and [coaching] staff,” Collymore said recently during a virtual media interaction.

“It's fairly hard to predict the weather, especially in the UK, where they say you get four seasons in one day. But thus far we've only had one or two chilly days and the weather has been quite good, so the ladies are adapting to it quite nicely,” added the former West Indies swing-bowler.

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WIPA EXPRESSES SYMPATHIES AT PASSING OF JOHN GAYLE

Thu, Sep 17, '20

 

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The West Indies Players’ Association extends sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of former Jamaica and West Indies umpire, John ‘Johnny’ Gayle.

Mr. Gayle, born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica in 1923, served as a West Indies cricket umpire in the 1970s and 80s and went on to hold several positions at the Jamaica Cricket Umpires Association. Mr. Gayle was also a veteran agriculturalist, who served at Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture.

WIPA extends sympathies to Jamaica’s and West Indies’ cricket fraternity and we pray for peace and strength for his family, friends and colleagues at this time. May he rest in peace.

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