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Tobago Red Steel
Bravo says he is
happy with the deci-
sion by Bollywood
star Shah Rukh Khan
to acquire the fran-
chise ahead of the
new Caribbean Pre-
mier League (CPL)
season which starts
Khan, the wealthy owners of Indian Premier
League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders, are
set to become the new owners of Red Steel.
Red Steel will launch their campaign in the
third edition of the CPL with a match against
the St Lucia Zouks on Sunday afternoon.
"As part of Shah Rukh management in India,
they already own an IPL team so the connection
is already there, the friendship is already there,"
said Bravo during a function to announce Carib
Beer as Red Steel s new sponsor.
"So I am very happy someone like Shah Rukh
has actually chosen the Trinidad and Tobago
Red Steel team to be the owner of. They are
great people, lovely people".
Red Steel are one of six franchises competing
in the CPL, the high profile Twenty20 tour-
nament which started in 2013.
Defending champions Barbados Tridents,
Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks,
Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patri-
ots are the other teams competing in the tour-
nament from June 20 to July 26.
"I have gotten the opportunity to liaise with
them on different occasions in the IPL so I
look forward to welcoming him to T&T and I
know Shah Rukh himself is going to enjoy T&T,"
"So it s good and exciting times for the tour-
nament and for our team to have him as an
owner. And to have Carib now come aboard
as sponsors is the icing on the cake." (CMC)
David Warner has spoken for the first
time about the prospect of a "rebel"
cricket league bankrolled by the Essel
Group tycoon Subhash Chandra, saying
the vast sums of money mooted for the
signatures of the world s leading crick-
eters could be impossible to ignore.
Alongside Australia s captain Michael
Clarke, Warner was reportedly near the top
of the Essel Group s list of targets, with a
story in the Sydney Morning Herald suggesting
he would be in line for a contract worth $50
million over 10 years if he made the leap.
While stressing his commitment to Test
cricket and national duty, Warner said such
figures could not simply be rejected out of
hand and challenged other athletes to be
honest with the public about the role financial
rewards played in their thinking. "At the
moment I m contracted to Cricket Australia,
the fact is I m playing for Australia, it s what
I do, it s what I love," Warner told ESPN-
"But these guys are talking about big sums
of money and, let s be honest, if people are
saying to you that they don t play for the
money then they re having a laugh, because
every single person who gets offered this or
gets offered that, what happens? They always
take it. I think athletes in general have to be
a bit more honest and say that s what s hap-
"This is a company that s coming in and
trying to take over world cricket.
"At the end of the day if this company
comes in and wipes out who you play for
and you want to play cricket, what happens
there? Who pays you? That s the thing. Ulti-
mately we re working, we love what we do,
I cherish the baggy green and if Test cricket
exists I ll continue to keep playing Test cricket,
because from where I ve started to where I
am now, I love that and I ll keep cherishing
The scope of Chandra s plans remains
somewhat murky, from the registration of
business names and online domain names
for alternative boards in all cricket s major
nations to less ambitious public pronounce-
ments about an improved version of the Indian
Cricket League of 2008.
Warner, though, indicated that cricket s
present structure may not have room to co-
exist with the new venture. ESPNcricinfo)
Experienced South African
player Johan Botha believes a
solid group of all rounders in
the T&T Red Steel franchise
can lead the team to a success-
ful run in this year s Caribbean
Premier League T20 tourna-
ment, which bowls off today.
Botha, 33, one of T&T s new
signings for this year s tourna-
ment, spoke to the media at the
Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
Spain, on Tuesday.
Botha said the strength of the
Red Steel is the number of all
rounders in the squad. "I think
every team needs to get to the
semifinal first, so that is our first
target. I definitely think the
strength of our team is all the
all rounders we got. In the top
seven batsmen we have four
guys that can bowl so that helps
a lot. We also have Kamran
Akmal in there as a keeper. We
have five all rounders at the top
and that gives you a lot of
options at the bottom end of
the batting department."
The South African, who is
excited to play alongside world
class players, also spoke about
the other new signings on the
team which includes Pakistani
Kamran Akmal and South
African Cameron Delport.
"Kamran has a lot of inter-
national experience. We look for
him to be explosive at the top
with the bat and be solid with
the gloves. Cameron Delport is
a bit of an unknown in our team.
He is quite of an explosive left-
hander at the top of the order."
Botha added that the Bravo
brothers will give the middle
order some firepower.
Botha says he is enjoying his
time in the Caribbean and added
that West Indians know how to
flick the switch when it matters.
"The people are all so friendly
and helpful. The players know
when to turn it on, they are fun
off the field but once it s game
time they deliver and we saw
that with Andre Russell with the
Kolkata Knight Riders (Indian
Premier League) this year. We
have a couple of those players
in our team like Kevon Cooper,
while Dwayne (Bravo) is one of
the best in the world, so we got
a few similar players."
Former National football captain Dwight Yorke (centre) with the Lara brothers, double world record holder cricketer (right) and
Richard at the Dwight Yorke Invitational Golf Tournament at the Magdalena Golf Course, Lowlands, Tobago earlier today.
PHOTO: COURTESY-DIVISION OF EDUCATION, YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORT, TOBAGO
"I am very happy someone like Shah Rukh has
actually chosen the Trinidad and Tobago Red
Steel team to be the owner of" ---Trinidad and
Tobago Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo
T&T Red Steel and South African
cricketer Johan Botha.
Rebel league could affect Test cricket---Warner
Botha: All rounders give
Red Steel strength
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