Thursday, February 22, 2018

CPL confirms name change


TRUMP CARD: Samuel Badree gets set to deliver during action between the Red Steel and Barbados Tridents at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Saturday in the CPL T20. The Tridents made 124-6 in their allotted 20 overs but the Red Steel got to the target with 15 balls left for a seven-wicket victory. —Photo CPLT20

Mark Fraser

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has confirmed that it has agreed to omit the words “Trinidad and Tobago” from the Red Steel team name based on a request from the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, who expressed the view that the use of the country name “infringes on the protocols surrounding the use of the name and the sovereignty of the nation”.

“The CPL would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the Red Steel team is not a franchise that is based in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a team selected from the fantastic talent pool across the country,’’ CPL CEO, Damien O’Donohoe, said in a statement. ‘The team is not restricted to play its home games in Trinidad and Tobago, and ultimately, any decision on where the team is based is dependent on the commitment and support that CPL has already enjoyed with other Governments and owners,” the release added

The change of name has brought about mixed reaction in Trinidad and Tobago, with Red Steel captain Dwayne Brave questioning Roberts’ intervention, while some members of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) agreed with the decision to remove the Trinidad and

Tobago title from the franchise. The change leaves the Red Steel as the only CPL franchise without a country name attached to it. Last year’s first season of the competition saw the Jamaica Tallawahs winning the competition.

O’Donohoe’s response hinted that the possibility exist that the Red Steel one day could leave Trinidad and Tobago. “The fans in Trinidad and Tobago are second to none. They were fantastic supporters of CPL during its first year, and we look forward to bringing more games to Trinidad and Tobago, no matter where the franchise is based,” the CPL statement ended.