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Five Bajans in BPL auction

Barry Alleyne

Five Bajans in BPL auction

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Five of?Barbados’ sparkling cricketing stars could have fatter wallets this time tomorrow.
Pacers Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards, spinner Suliemann Benn, as well as swashbuckling batsman Dwayne Smith and ebullient pacer Tino Best can earn thousands of dollars when the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) holds its first auction in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.
In fact, the first-time big-prize Twenty20 tournament will have a very Caribbean feel when it bowls off on February 9.
Along with those four Bajan players, big names like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Keiron Pollard, and Jerome Taylor are also down to compete.
Roach, still a fresh face in the world of international cricket, is the only Barbadian who has been placed in the Grade “A” base of players, who will be paid US$100 000 once chosen.
Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan and Taylor are also in the Grade “A” pack.
Smith, considered one of the most dangerous hitters in shorter versions of the game, Edwards and Benn, have been placed in the Grade “B” base, where chosen plays will be paid US$50 000 for the 20-day tournament.
That base also includes West Indies players Denesh Ramdin and Lionel Baker.
Best, the fifth Barbadian hoping for a bigger payday, is in the third contract base, where players chosen by any of the six teams will earn US$30 000.
Other West Indian players in that grouping are Nikita Miller, Kevin Cooper, Lendl Simmons and veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Along with the heavy West Indian presence, a number of renowned names are also lining up to make money from the world’s latest big-money tournament.
Matt Prior of England, Abdur Razzak and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan and Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa are also in the US$100 000 grouping.
The tournament, with an almost similar format to the extremely popular Indian Premier League, will have its final in Dhaka on February 29.