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.

 

Opening batsman Chadwick Walton has expressed delight at being back home with the Jamaica Tallahwahs for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

The 33-year-old batsman played four years for the Tallawahs before moving away to the Guyana Amazon Warriors after a lucrative contract offer in 2017.  Walton recently booked a return to the Jamaica-based franchise after being drafted third in the Hero CPL draft on Wednesday.

 “I'm elated to come home, I couldn't be happier. It's always a different joy to be able to play for your home franchise and it's a franchise I've won with before,” Walton said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“I'm satisfied with the teammates that have been drafted. We should be able to go very far in the tournament with the quality that we have,” he added.

Walton made a solid impact in his first year with the Warriors, winning player of the tournament in 2017.  Despite making the final with the franchise who lost to Trinbago Knight Riders last season, the player saw his numbers dip overall after a difficult patch.

“I enjoyed my seasons with the Amazon Warriors. We did have some success, but it was a pity we didn't go on to win it (CPL). My career path has taken me back home and hopefully, we can win again.”

Walton was a part of two title-winning teams with the Tallawahs in 2013 and 2017.

Top Windies T20 batsman Kieron Pollard will return to his home nation of Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

The 31-year-old previously represented the twin-island republic in Twenty20 cricket as part of a national team that contested the now defunct Caribbean Twenty20 league.  Since the inception of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) the big batsman has plied his trade elsewhere.  He spent five seasons with Barbados Tridents and the last one with St Lucia Stars.

Pollard has, however, been named the franchise player for the Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming edition of the tournament.

"We are delighted to welcome Pollard back home and it's great to continue our efforts to bring as many Trini boys home as possible," Venky Mysore, the team director, said in a statement.

"I can't wait for the reaction of the fans when Pollard takes the field at our opening game on 4 September."

The Knight Riders, who have won the two previous editions of the tournament, previously had both T&T nationals Darren and Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and spinner Sunil Narine in its ranks as T&T nationals.  Pollard previously captained the Barbados Tridents.

The Jamaica Tallawahs and the Government of Jamaica have done away with their back and forth over support for the franchise in place of a long-term agreement.

Explosive opener Chris Gayle has returned to the Jamaica Tallawahs for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

This was revealed by Jefferson Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Tallawahs during the franchise's 2019 CPL season launch on Saturday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Miller said Gayle has been signed as "their marquee player and will captain the team."

Miller further added that "we are delighted to have Chris playing for his home team for the 2019 season. There is no bigger name in Twenty20 cricket, and we can’t wait for him to arrive and make the Jamaican fans proud. We are looking forward to Chris being a big part of our push for a third CPL title.”  

Gayle was with the Tallawahs from 2013 to 2016, winning the title with them twice in that time. Since then he has been with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots where he has captained them to the playoffs in successive years, making the final in 2017. 

The Tallawahs will be playing five home games in Jamaica during the 2019 season giving the fans at Sabina Park the chance to see Gayle in action on his home ground.

The leading T20 batsman of all time, Gayle is the only player with more than 10,000 runs in the format. He is the leading CPL run scorer with 2111 runs and has scored three CPL hundreds, all of those for the Tallawahs. 

The rest of the Tallawahs squad will be decided at the Hero CPL Players Draft which takes place on May 22. 

This year, the CPL will bowl off in September for the first time.

The move to push back the competition was to ensure the availability of all West Indian players as the Caribbean side is set to host India between during July and August.

There will be no games in the United States during this year’s Caribbean Premier League, according to the organisation’s chief operating officer (COO), Pete Russell. 

On the heels of news that Jamaica could lose its Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise to another Caribbean island, information released by CPL suggests that more people are watching the annual T20 league than ever before.

On the heels of the success of the Women’s T20 World Cup plans could soon be in place for a women’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Should the plans materialize the Caribbean will be seeking to join England and Australia as the only two countries in the world with professional women’s T20 leagues.  The possibility of having a similar league in the Caribbean came to the fore after batsman Britney Cooper claimed the team, which crashed out in the semi-finals of the World Cup, could have done better if they played as many matches as teams like Australia and England.

In response, CPL Chief Operations Officer (COO) Peter Russell told regional paper the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday that the options were already being considered.

"We have already discussed the feasibility of a women’s tournament with Cricket West Indies (CWI) or a women’s exhibition match, after the 2017 tournament, and have been discussing how we can make it work since then,” Russell told the Newsday.

 “Any cricket tournament is a huge logistical challenge to arrange and there are a lot of questions that would need to be answered before we could commit to going ahead. But it is something that we are keen to have as part of the CPL programme, it is not a question of ‘if’ it is a question of ‘when’," he declared.

Colin Munro’s unbeaten 68 and Khary Pierre’s three-for led the Trinbago Knight Riders to an eight-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors for a second consecutive and third overall Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Sunday.

Trinbago Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo insists the team will take nothing for granted heading into Tuesday night’s first Caribbean Premier League (CPL) qualifier against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at Queen’s Park Oval.

Trinbago Knight Riders can clinch a top-two finish in the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League if they beat the Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night in Port-of-Spain. 

Guyana Amazon Warriors captain Rayad Emrit has admitted the team’s batting performances are a concern heading into the playoff round of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

A patient 42 unbeaten from David Warner propelled an already eliminated St Lucia Stars to a six-wicket win, which pushed the Barbados Tridents to the verge of elimination in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Sunday.

Guyana Amazon Warriors captain Rayad Emrit has hailed the impact of spinner Imran Tahir following a four-wicket haul against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Warner Park on Tuesday.

 

Steve Smith scored 63 and took 2/19 as Barbados Tridents stole a remarkable two-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory against Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida.

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