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KINGSTON---The West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) says plans are well on
course to professionalise first class
cricket in the region by next season.
WICB president Dave Cameron says
the regional first class competition is
being transformed into a "franchise"
structure, similar to the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League Twenty20
tournament currently in to its second
"We are moving towards a structure
where we are going to have players from
all over the region playing for different
teams," said Cameron, during an inter-
view on the Line and Length pro-
gramme on the Sportsmax TV Chan-
"Effective August and September we
are going to have players from all over
the region and potentially from outside
the region who will be playing for these
franchises and we are still going to call
them Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad".
The move to professionalise the
regional first class tournament is among
recommendations contained in a report
by WICB director of cricket Richard
In the report, Pybus outlined a struc-
ture which would see a player draft
being held for regional first class crick-
"The draft allows West Indies cricket
to level the playing field in resourcing
franchise-type teams, affording all the
TB s (territorial boards) the opportunity
to broaden and deepen their squads,"
the report stated.
"We have announced that coming
this year with the new professional
structure, teams will be able to select
the best players from around the region.
It is an interesting point however that
these teams are going to fall directly
under the auspices of the territorial
The territorial boards will be allowed
to retain and contract ten players with
the rest going into the draft from which
teams will select five players to make
up their 15-member squads. CMC
WICB bids to restructure
first class cricket in region
Tobago Red Steel opener, Evin
Lewis, is hoping that his recent
success with the bat could help him
earn a call up to the West Indies
Lewis has scored 192 runs in four
games with two fifties in Caribbean
Premier League (CPL), hitting his
second successive fifty in the game
against St Lucia Zouks.
The left-handed batsman is eye-
ing selection with West Indies
scheduled to play Bangladesh, India
and South Africa in the coming
"I definitely have West Indies
aspirations. Always had," Lewis said.
"That never changed. Luckily for
me, the last couple games, the
bowlers have been putting it [the
ball] in my scoring spots so that s
made it easier for me."
Lewis 77 against the Zouks on
Sunday and his 129-run opening
partnership with Kevin O Brien set
up Red Steel s nine-wicket win and
helped them open up a two-point
lead at the top of the table.
He was also impressive in the
Champions League T20 last year,
where he topped scoring charts with
211 runs at 42.20.
"I just want to keep going out
there and keep doing my best,"
"Not just for T20s but also hope-
fully, in Tests." CMC
Lewis eyes Windies call-up
NCPD cricketers stand proud with T&T Red Steel coach Simon Helmot, back left, national cricketer Kevon
Cooper, back right, and Ross Taylor, overseas professional from New Zealand, second from right.
Eight young cricketers from the
National Centre for Persons with
Disabilities (NCPD) received per-
sonal training from members of
the T&T Red Steel team in the T&T
leg of the Limacol Caribbean Pre-
mier League tournament.
The training session took place
on Friday at the Queen s Park Oval,
On hand to put the youngsters
through their paces were Red Steel
coach, Simon Helmot, former West
Indies wicket keeper and Red Steel
assistant coach, David Williams,
along with Red Steel players, Ross
Taylor and Kevon Cooper.
The players received tips on
catching with one hand, bowling
and batting techniques to right and
left handed batsmen, holding and
manoeuvring the bat to play various
strokes including defensive shots,
holding and throwing techniques
for bowling and fielding and catch-
NCPD recently emerged victorious
at the Special Olympics National
Cricket Games last month and were
delighted to have this one-on-one
interaction with members of the
team as part of their prize. Another
prize awarded to them was tickets
to Sunday s match between T&T
Red Steel and the St Lucia Zouks
courtesy the Digicel Foundation.
T&T Red Steel
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