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The 2015 Hero Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) was a success overall but I think that
there are many areas that the organisers need
to look at in order to improve moving for-
Firstly, I must say congratulations to the
T&T Red Steel who won their first title on
their third attempt. Dwayne Bravo s men got
past the Barbados Tridents in front of a packed
Queen s Park Oval.
The team battled against all odds and came
back from last position to the very top at the
end of a month of fierce battle. I thought that
the Red Steel, in particular, had to fight against
tremendous odds given their scheduling. After
playing their first two games of the ten-game
preliminaries, the Red Steel had an eight-day wait
before their next game. They went to St Kitts where
they were idle for the most part and even had time
to stage a mini-camp while other teams were playing.
This could not have been an ideal situation for the
team in the midst of a tournament.
Then the T&T Red Steel played one game in St
Kitts and then flew out to Jamaica for a game two
days after. One of the players on the team had to fly
to Antigua, then to St Maarten, over to Curacao then
to Barbados, across the Grenada and then to Trinidad.
He then had to leave Trinidad and make a few more
stops and then get into Jamaica.
After the game in Jamaica Red Steel had to go back
to St Kitts to play another game. They arrived around
8 pm on the Friday and then had to play at noon the
next day. One of their players could not find a place
on the flight to St Kitts and had to come home. This
cannot be right. Something has to be done concerning
the scheduling. During the tournament there were
many days when players were inactive. I think that
the organisers should look critically at the fixtures and
tighten up, so that the players are put under less pres-
sure and they themselves will save money.
Another area of concern in my opinion was the fact
that far more Caribbean officials could have been used,
as CPL, although owned by the Irish telecommuni-
cations firm Digicel is a Caribbean tournament. Gov-
ernments of the region are spending taxpayers dollars
to help fund this tournament and the Caribbean people
Can the CPL explain why they flew Scott Styris
and Murali Karthick halfway around the world to com-
mentate on these matches? I could understand Danny
Morrison and the entertainment value, but what did
the other two bring to the CPL? Couldn t Jeff Dujon,
Philo Wallace or Fazeer Mohammed do a much better
Why was Isa Guha, the former female English crick-
eter, flown in? The road to Moruga was blocked off,
probably, and West Indies women captain Merissa
Aguilliera couldn t come out her home.
I want to thank Andrew Mason for using Caribbean
talent on the radio, and yes, he did have Aguilliera at
times and she did a good job. CNC3 used West Indies
spinner Anisa Mohammed and her sister Alisa. Even
to run the tournament they brought in foreign hands.
One of the legacies of the 2007 ICC World Cup in
the Caribbean was that the people rose to the occasion
and a number of good administrators came through.
Just as players would benefit from the CPL, so to
should administrators and people working around the
cricket. Imagine they brought in a guy all the way
from India to do the stats. Let me state again that I
have no problems with foreigners but when they have
tournaments our people cannot really get in.
The last thing I would like to touch on is the conduct
of the cheerleaders at the finals of the tournament
held at the Queen s Park Oval. What they were doing
jumping among the players when they were collecting
their trophy and awards?
Journalists in the press box were furious because
it would have been a nightmare to caption the photos
with the players celebrating. Someone needed to tell
them find their place and move over. They were totally
out of place and whoever allowed this embarrassing
position should be spoken to.
Or should they not be spoken to because this is
Trinidad and anything goes? We need to be professional
in our dealing because when events like these come
around the world focusses on us. This is the time to
make or break and we have to try for the former.
Apart from the shortfalls I have pointed out, I would
like to commend the CPL for hosting yet another suc-
cessful tournament but, as I said before, there is always
room for improvement and I hope my comments fall
on intelligent, mature ears.
Get more Caribbean
people onboard CPL
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