Eyebrows were raised around the region after several high-profile players failed to find a home during Wednesday’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft in London.

Leading the list of notable Caribbean absentees for the upcoming season were Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Sunil Ambris, Davendra Bishoo and Kevon Cooper. 

The case of Simmons is particularly surprising as things seem to have spun in a 180-degree direction.  Only a few months ago the player was selected as the first pick of the 2018 draft for the St Lucia Stars.

On that occasion, Simmons went for $US 160,000 after entering the draft for $US 70,000.  The Trinidadian native entered the draft at the same price but this time around but found no takers.

The much-travelled Simmons previously played for the Jamaica Tallahwahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.  The 36-year-old Smith, who previously opened for Barbados Tridents and Amazon Warriors, also found himself without a team after entering in the $US 70,000 category.

 Another stunning omission, maybe the most surprising, from the team selection was Barbadian born Englishman Jofra Archer, who was the most expensive ever Caribbean-born player for the 2018 IPL season.  The all-rounder also had several big performances in the Australia Big Bash League.  The player was recently selected for the England World Cup squad.

 

The Barbados Pride are 15 without loss in chase of 324 for victory headed into the last day of their West Indies Championship game against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval. 

Defending champions of the West Indies Championship, the Guyana Jaguars must have thought they were in for an easy day, but a lower-order stand from the Jamaica Scorpions of 90 have meant they were made to wait. 

Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell put the opposing bowlers to the sword on Friday as the Northern Warriors defeated the Punjabi Legends by 99 runs in the in the T10 League in Sharjah.

The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force enjoyed an easy day at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Wednesday after the Windward Islands Volcanoes had a horrible day with the bat. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force became the first team in the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival to score over 300 runs and in so doing, bat their way past a game Windies B in a game at the Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday night. 

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin believes the return of the former Windies senior players to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force bolsters his side’s chances of winning the Regional Super50 competition that bowls off next week.

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, coming off a disappointing loss to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, will look to regain some confidence and momentum when they play against the St Lucia Stars at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre tonight. 

The Jamaica Tallawahs have put themselves back in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) winners’ circle with a 21-run win over the St Lucia Stars at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet. 

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