Details of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League player draft, the names of the remaining international players and the West Indies elite players and the tournament’s television ads were some of the information revealed in a press conference last week in Barbados.
Caribbean Premier League officials streamed the press conference live around the world on the tournament website and it was attended by the West Indies cricket team, who were in a camp ahead of the Champions Trophy League in England.
With presentations made by CPL Operations Manager Carlisle Powell, Kieran Foley, Digicel Group marketing operations director, CPL Commercial Director Jamie Stewart and CPL Event Director Rhonda Kelly, members of the media were told that the player draft will take place on 5 June in Jamaica.
Caymanian Kelly is supported by her colleagues at Kelly Holding, Laurie-Ann Holding and Bev Sinclair. Each team will have a selection committee consisting of the head coach, assistant coach, the West Indies franchise player and the international franchise player.
There are three pools of players who will be a part of the draft. Pool A players have played international cricket and are the elite based on their current form, while Pool B players have played mostly regional cricket although they may have some international experience. Pool C consists of developing talented Under-23 players from across the region.
Powell announced the West Indies Pool A players as Andre Russell, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Fidel Edwards, Johnson Charles, Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell, Lendl Simmons, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tino Best.
The International Pool A players are confirmed to be Aaron Finch (Aus), Albie Morkel (South Africa), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Dirk Nannes (Aus), Luke Pomersbach (Aus), Shakib al Hasan (Ban), Shaun Marsh (Aus), Shoaib Malik (Pak), Steven Smith (Aus), Tamim Iqbal (Ban), Umar Akmal (Pak) and Vernon Philander (South Africa).
International Pool B players will be Elton Chigumbura of Zimbabwe, Davy Jacobs (South Africa), Justin Kemp (South Africa), James Franklin (NZ), Mark Guptil (NZ) and Kevin O’Brien (IRL), while the West Indies Pools B and C are some 200 players strong.
“We have secured a broad selection of cricket talent that we feel will appeal to cricket fans everywhere,” said Jamie Stewart, CPL commercial director. “The variety of players, from the experienced and well-established to the rising star on the cricket scene should make the inaugural CPL an exciting tournament that showcases the best of the best.”
CPL Event Director Rhonda Kelly said the marketing and advertising campaign would begin in earnest across the region, inviting everyone to come and enjoy the tournament which runs from 29 July through 26 August. A number of teaser ads were shown to the audience, which were met with applause.
Digicel’s Kieran Foley says that as CPL’s major sponsor, the company is pulling out all the stops to create major buzz and excitement around the CPL T20 tournament, and have made a significant investment in a marketing campaign that will include advertising, public relations and promotional activities.
“We have lots of competitions and promotions to bring the fans as close as possible to the CPL T20 experience,” Foley said. “We will be complementing CPL’s marketing efforts by bringing Carnival T20 to the host markets and adding to the in-stadium spectacular with the best of music, dancing and entertainment that the Caribbean has to offer.” Kelly said the team names, the assignments of franchise players to franchise countries and the results of the player draft will all be announced soon.