Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 13th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 13, 2014
After a bumper first year, the
Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
is cutting back for the second edi-
tion and some teams may not even
have a manager.
Mere weeks before the start of the
tournament, cost cutting seems to
be the order of the day, to make the
Players will be paid their salary
as was determined during the draft
but their per diem has been cut from
US$70 per day to US$50 per day.
Last year, all 15 members of each
team were allowed a single room at
hotels during game but now six play-
ers will have to share three rooms,
with the others getting single rooms.
It will be left up to the management
of each team to decide who gets
what type of accommodation.
With only one team having an
owner and that being the Guyana
Amazon Warriors, the others are
expected to undergo some serious
cost cutting, which may see no role
for a manager or trainer. It is under-
stood that the role of manager will
be taken up by a travelling liaison
Lycamobile, the owners of the
T&T Red Steel, has ended their
relationship with the team, so too
the owners of the St Lucia Zouks.
It is understood that there is an
effort to have the Red Steel bought
and information on this will be
The owners of the Red Steel lost
a total of US$1.2M during the first
year and this forced them to look
elsewhere. They notified the organ-
isers of the tournament, Verus Inter-
national, that they will look at some
other arrangement but it is yet to
The asking price for the Red Steel
for this year s tournament is US$2M
and the organisers will be hoping
that someone comes forward with
What has been a stumbling block
so far is the fact that the Red Steel
has only three home games where
potential owners can get a return on
their investment. They would have
hoped for more games in order to
Last year, the winners of the
tournament, the Jamaica Tallulahs,
got a first prize of US$250,000.
The winner of each match during
the tournament pocketed
There is no information to date
as to what will be the bonus, if any,
for winning a match and what will
be the first prize.
This year the tournament will
bowl off on July 11 in Grenada and
the finals weekend will take place
in St Kitts.
Last year s runners-up, the
Guyana Amazon Warriors, take on
the Antigua Hawksbills, with two of
the world s finest spinners, Sunil
Narine and Saeed Ajmal, going head-
Cost cutting to hit CPL
half-century lay the foundation
for a successful Mumbai Indians
run chase, as they beat Sunrisers
Hyderabad by seven wickets here
Playing at the Rajiv Gandhi
International Stadium, Mumbai
overhauled their target of 158 with
eight balls to spare, with West
Indies stroke-maker Simmons pro-
viding the joint top score of 68.
He lost opening partner Chid-
hambaram Gautam for one with
the score on two in the second
over but then added 130 for the
second wicket with Ambati
Rayudu who also hit 68.
Simmons faced 50 balls and
counted five fours and four sixes
while Rayudu struck seven fours
and two sixes off 46 deliveries.
The right-handed Simmons was
particularly severe on seamer Irfan
Pathan, hitting a four and two sixes
off the bowler s first over---the fifth
of the innings---which cost 16 runs.
He helped carry Mumbai to
within sight of victory before he
was bowled by Bhuvneshwar
Kumar in the 16th over, yorked
off-stump looking for a big hit.
His T&T and West Indies team-
mate Kieron Pollard finished on
six not out as Mumbai easily got
home to register only their third
win of a disappointing season.
Earlier, Australians Aaron Finch
(68) and David Warner (55 not
out) got half-centuries as Sun-
risers, without deposed West
Indies Test captain Darren
Sammy, managed 157 for three
from their 20 overs after choosing
to bat first. CMC
Simmons fires Mumbai to victory
KINGSTON---West Indies A coach
Junior Bennett believes the time is
now right for Jerome Taylor to return
to the West Indies senior team set-up.
Taylor, who last represented the
region in Tests in 2009, and one-day
and Twenty20 internationals in 2010,
emerged as second highest wicket taker
among fast bowlers in the WICB four-
The former West Indies front line
pacer, who turns 30 next month,
claimed 25 wickets at 25.28 apiece to
finish 10th on the overall bowling chart.
Experienced Windward Islands left-
arm seamer Kenroy Peters, who took
40 wickets at 12.75, topped the bowling
"I think he (Taylor) is ready again
for the big times, ever for the upcoming
series against New Zealand," said Ben-
nett, also the coach of Jamaica.
"My only concern was that for the
last two to three years he did not com-
plete a season.
"This year, however, he was able to
stay injury free, and stay the course,
first with the regional Super50 and
then with the four-dayers."
"His returns in both tournaments
were also good, and given his skill set,
I have no doubt he can make a suc-
cessful return to the international
Taylor also finished 10th in the bowl-
ing rankings during the Super50, after
taking six wickets from three games at
The West Indies are slated to face
New Zealand in three Tests and two
Twenty20 Internationals. The first Test
will be played on June 8 at Sabina Park.
Time right for Taylor
return says Bennett
Soca Warriors head coach Stephen
Hart yesterday said this country has
everything to gain from playing the
two-time world champion Argentina
days before its quest for a third title
at this summer s World Cup, in Brazil.
Hart will announce his T&T squad
this week, and said he has explored
various options with his pool of players
in order to get the best available squad
for the June 4 friendly international.
The match will be played at the Esta-
dio Monumental, in Buenos Aires, four
days before T&T plays another friendly
international, against a World Cup-
bound team, Iran. That match will be
played in Brazil.
The matches may also assist Hart in
defining the ideal selection for the CFU
Caribbean Cup, which will be played
later this year, and the Concacaf Gold
Cup, next year. Both tournaments will
allow for a Concacaf team to qualify
for the milestone 2016 Copa America,
to be staged in the United States.
Hart described the match-up with
Argentina, which is likely to include
Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi as "a PhD
in the approach to the game of football".
"We know how much work it s going
to take for us to get to that standard
of world football," Hart said.
"You cannot run 10.3 in a hundred
metres on one occasion and then expect
on race day to suddenly run 9.6. And
it is important that we play games like
these for a number for reasons. We
have nothing to lose. We are going to
play two teams that will be thoroughly
prepared for a World Cup, one of them
arguably being a favourite to win it,"
"Playing Argentina in Argentina is
going to be a PhD in the approach to
the game at that level."
One player who will make his first
entry into the T&T squad is 23-year-
old English-born defender Gavin Hoyte
who is a product of the Arsenal acad-
emy. He is the younger brother of cur-
rent senior team defender Justin Hoyte.
Hoyte (G) spent five years at Arsenal,
coming up through the ranks and made
one appearance for the first team. He
also played for Watford, Brighton,
Wimbledon and Lincoln City. He is
currently attached to Dagenham and
Hart to reveal
Argentina bound squad
Lendl Simmons crashes
this ball to the boundary
during his bustling 68 for
yesterday. PHOTO CRICINFO
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