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The local franchise in the upcom-
ing Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) the T&T Red Steel is being
sold for a total of TT$12m.
T&T Guardian understands that
this is the price the organisers of the
tournament Verus International is
asking for Dwayne Bravo s team.
They are also selling branding rights
and this varies from TT$1.1m to
TT$200,000. While there are people
interested in purchasing the fran-
chise, no one has inked a deal but
the organisers have been successful
in getting companies to come on
board and take advantage of the
branding rights that is on offer for
what is to be the marquee cricket
tournament in the Caribbean.
Over the next few weeks before
the tournament gets off sources say
that T&T Red Steel will find an out-
right owner. People have been
approached to come on board and
one source added that it is just a
matter of time before the organisers
settle on a purchaser.
The decision for starting CPL
was taken in the year 2012. In the
month of September 2012, the West
Indies Cricket Board signed a deal
with Ajmal Khan. Ajmal Khan is the
founder of the merchant bank (Verus
Bank) which is going to fund the
Caribbean Premier League 2013.
So far, only Guyana Amazon War-
riors have found an outright pur-
chaser, while it is rumoured that St.
Lucia Zouk is about to close a pur-
chasing deal as well. Those franchise
that are not sold in the first year,
will be taken care of by the organ-
isers. However, those that have own-
ers will see the players benefitting
more financially, as incentives will
be on offer for those teams.
Digicel has come on board as the
major sponsors of the tournament
they have been doing their part to
drum up support for the tournament
by assisting with promotions and
also communicating with local com-
panies who are interested in coming
There are six franchises across the
Caribbean for this inaugural T20
tournament which begins on July
30 with the opening ceremonies and
opening game between Barbados
Tridents and St Lucia Zouk.
The T&T Red Steel will go into
action on July 31, when they play
the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the
National Stadium in Providence,
Guyana. The T&T boys will be com-
ing up against a number of their
countrymen on the Guyana fran-
T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin,
Lendl Simmons, William Perkins
and spinner Sunil Narine are on the
Guyana Amazon Warriors team.
Red Steel on sale for $12m
CARDIFF---India will play England in the
Champions Trophy final after in-form opener
Shikhar Dhawan helped steer the world cham-
pions to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka
in a one-sided semifinal yesterday.
Set a target of 182 in damp, overcast conditions
in south Wales, the Indians romped to victory
with 15 overs remaining as Dhawan struck 68 to
take his tournament-high haul of runs to 332 in
A fine display of seam bowling had set the
platform for India in a repeat of the 2011 World
Cup final, with Ishant Sharma (3-33) and Bhu-
vneshwar Kumar (1-18) tying the top order down
and Sri Lanka managing just 181-8. Only captain
Angelo Mathews, with a defiant 51, rose above
the mediocrity, with Sri Lanka hindered by a calf
injury to Tillakaratne Dilshan that forced the
opener to hobble off in the fifth over.
England, a tournament host thriving in familiar
conditions, will be seeking its first 50-over ICC
title in Sunday s final at Edgbaston while India
can confirm its status as the king of one-day
With just three survivors from the squad that
lifted the World Cup in Mumbai two years ago,
India was initially using the tournament to give
some of its young or fringe players high-level
experience. They have really stepped up to the
challenge with four straight wins.
The team s bowling attack has been surprisingly
strong, especially Kumar and spinner Ravindra
Jadeja, but the real revelation has been Dhawan,
who has emerged from the shadows of long-time
openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag
to establish himself as a possible mainstay for
years to come.
After scoring back-to-back centuries in the
group stage---against South Africa and West
Indies---as well as a 48 against Pakistan, the 27-
year-old left-hander was full of confidence at
Sophia Gardens and underpinned a chase that
turned into a canter under threatening skies.
He was dropped by both Mathews and sub-
stitute Sachithra Senanayake and brought up
India s 50 with an inside edge that narrowly
avoided the stumps, but otherwise he was class
personified as he sprayed Sri Lanka s bowlers to
all parts using great footwork and technique in
an 92-ball knock containing six fours and a six.
With paceman Lasith Malinga for once lacking
any real menace, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (33)
had raced to 77 off 17 overs by the time the latter
was bowled as he ran down the wicket and
attempted to dispatch Mathews down the ground.
But what was always a tall order for Sri Lanka
turned into a near-impossible task as Virat Kohli
joined Dhawan at the crease and settled into his
groove, moving the score to 142 by the time
Dhawan was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara off
Kohli, with a brilliant 58, and Suresh Raina (7)
saw the Indians home very comfortably.
So miserable was Sri Lanka s innings that reach-
ing 181 was viewed as something of a success.
Losing the toss was a big setback for Mathews
men and India took advantage of conditions that
were ideal for seam and swing bowling to reduce
Sri Lanka to 41-3, with Dilshan having also limped
off. He returned, still in clear pain, at the start
of the next-to-last over to finish on 18 not out
but would have been unlikely to be fit for the
final had his team even made it.
Kusal Perera departed for four off the 16th ball
of the innings thanks to a smart catch at second
slip from Raina, who then took diving catches
off Sharma to send Sangakkara (17) and Lahiru
Thirimanne (7) back to the pavilion.
A 78-run stand between Mahela Jayawardene
(38) and Mathews at least steadied the innings
before it petered out, with spinners Jadeja (1-33)
and Ravichandran Ashwin (3-48) proving hard
to put away. India wicketkeeper and captain MS
Dhoni even gave himself four overs, a demon-
stration of how confident the team felt.
India motors into Champions Trophy final
KINGSTOWN---West Indies A
Captain Dwayne Smith says he
was expecting stronger opposi-
tion from Sri Lanka in the sec-
ond of the two-match T20 series
between the two sides at Arnos
Vale on Wednesday.
West Indies A won the series
by scoring a convincing five-
wicket victory over Sri Lanka
after the first T20 was rained out
"I really thought they would
have given us a better fight but
having said that our boys bowled
well and we also fielded well so
it was good." Smith said.
Opener Lendl Simmons
smashed an undefeated 51 to lead
the Caribbean side to 83 for five
in response to the visitors 82.
Smith says poor shot selection
by the Sri Lankans contributed
to his team s success.
"Our plan was to bowl first
because of the weather. We didn t
know what would have happened
if it was rain or anything so at
the end you would know what
score you have to get and it
should be easier to plan for," the
"Some of their players played
some careless shots so that helped
us but we can t bother with that.
That s cricket."
Simmons faced 42 balls in his
half century which included five
sixes and three fours.
"I think Lendl batted very
good, especially on a pitch like
that where it was slow and was
hard to keep knocking the ball
out the park," said Smith.
"I got off to a good start too
and then I gave it away in the
end there but it was good to see,
and I was glad Simmo got in
the runs again."
Sri Lanka A and West Indies
A will next meet in the first of
three 50-over matches in Grena-
da, starting on Sunday. (CMC)
WI A captain:
India's Ishant Sharma, right, and Suresh Raina
celebrate the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera
during an ICC Champions Trophy semifinal
between India and Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales
Stadium in Cardiff, yesterday. AP PHOTO
India vs Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA innings
KSangakkaracRainabISharma . . . . . . .17
LThirimannecRainabISharma . . . . . . . .7
AMathewscKumarbAshwin . . . . . . . . .51
JMendisstDhonibAshwin . . . . . . . . . . .25
TPereracDhawanbISharma . . . . . . . . . . .0
TOTAL:(foreightwickets). . . . . . . . . . . .181
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-36, 3-41, 4-119, 5-158,
6-160, 7-164, 8-171.
Did not bat: Rangana Herath.
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-2-18-1,
Umesh Yadav 8-2-30-0, Ishant Sharma 9-
1-33-3, Ravindra Jadeja 10-1-33-1, MS
Dhoni 4-0-17-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-
S Dhawan st Sangakkara b Mendis . . . .68
TOTAL:(fortwowickets). . . . . . . . . . . . .182
Fall of wickets: 1-77, 2-142.
Did not bat: Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni,
Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma,
Bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara 10-0-45-0,
Lasith Malinga 8-0-54-0, Thisara Perera
6-0-25-0, Angelo Mathews 4-0-10-1,
Rangana Herath 4-0-14-0, Jeevan Mendis
Result: India wins by eight wickets.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Richard
Third umpire: Nigel Llong, England. Match
referee: Chris Broad, England.
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