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Player contracts, clothing deals, and equip-
ment for teams. Also, Espn arrangements,
government and custom waivers for an array
of production hardware.
Of course, there is also the aspect of bidding
for games in countries for finals etc. It s a full
house of experts that work as a team to ensure
that all areas are covered so that the public
gets its monies worth of entertainment.
This is your third year in the manager s
position of T&T s Red Steel in what has
become a global phenomenon in the sport
of cricket...that of franchise cricket. Who
and what inspire you, and tell us a bit about
your role and responsibilities.
My parents have inspired and encouraged
me to dream big, to share your dreams and
never give up. They are lovers of the game of
My role in the team is primarily to ensure
that all operations are coordinated to effect
a focused-driven, comfortable environment
which lends itself to the on-field expression
of ability and professionalism by players and
staff alike. This may include but not be limited
to organisational structure, defined roles within
team, logistics, media management, travel and
hotel arrangements, sponsorship commitments,
team kits and sponsors, television, security,
team training programmes, player and technical
staff contracts, monitoring and evaluation of
staff and players...ultimately ensuring that
the team is run smoothly and with guidelines
that facilitate a harmonious environment for
the players to function at their peak for sus-
tained periods of time.
What are the challenges you face in your
current cricket managerial role?
The Caribbean s laid-back approach can
work for or against you. TV is time. We need
to appreciate the value of being on time more!
What is unique about the CPL compared
to the other T20 franchise differences in the
various franchise-based competitions around
the world, such as the IPL and the Big Bash
league in Australia?
CPL is played in the beautiful Caribbean
with beautiful, warm, rhythmic, diverse people
who know how to have a great time and enjoy
the moment. We invented party!
How does franchise cricket help the West
Indies in terms of cricket especially?
The influx of international players brings
and forges new relationships and approaches
to the game that can only open up the minds
of local players. The knowledge shared by
people of the globe helps both the local and
foreign players to grow. The commercial side
affords a rekindling of efforts by corporate
Caribbean to once again engage in partnering
with a sport that was seen to be dying in the
eyes of the fans. The CPL has brought cricket
back to life in the Caribbean. Just ask the fans.
Is T20 cricket the beginning of the end of
West Indies Test cricket and regional com-
petitions in the longer versions of the game?
Not at all! All three formats can co-exist
and thrive together. Each compliments the
other in the approach towards playing it and
gives the audience choices on the cricket
What do you consider as your best crick-
eting achievement thus far?
Definitely as the manager of the T&T
national team to the Champions League 2009
final in India. We didn t have corporate assis-
tance and were limited in funding and limited
in international experience. But we were
unlimited in belief and determination to make
Your favourite cricketers you have seen,
no T&T Red Steel players eh!
Roy Fredericks, Deryck Murray, Alvin
Kallicharran, Brian Lara and Shane Warne.
What goals do you still have?
To qualify for Champions League this year
and go on to win it. To ensure that West Indies
cricket gets back to its rightful place at the
top of the world.
To help to develop T&T as a nation. To
become a better individual through helping
people. To live long and prosper (shows Star
Trek Dr Spock s sign and laughs heartily).
Describe yourself in two words, one begin-
ning with C, the other with B, your initials.
Hmmm....Competitive and Benevolent, I d
say. Hope those who read this and know me
Shah Rukh comes to the party!
Shah Rukh Khan: "We hope to bring all the best practices of KKR to the T&T franchise."
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