Franchises opt for home players
FRANCHISES in the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League have opted primarily for home based players.
In a draft today at the Accra Beach Hotel, only two players were selected to represent franchises outside the land of their birth.
Guyanese batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, a former West Indies captain, was the second pick for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, while Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer, was snapped up by the Guyana Franchise in the very first pick of the draft.
Sarwan, 34, is a veteran on 220 first-class matches since his debut in 1996, while Reifer, 23, represented Combined Campuses and Colleges for four successive seasons, starting in 2011.
Each franchise was allowed five picks to add to the ten players they had retained prior to the draft.
Barbadian Ryan Hinds, the island’s leading run-scorer in regional first-class competitions, was the fourth and penultimate pick for the Barbados Franchise.
The 33-year-old Hinds last represented Barbados in a first-class match in 2012 and his last outing in national colours was in the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20.
For each of the five rounds, Guyana Franchise made the first selection followed by the Leeward Islands Franchise, the Jamaica Franchise, the Windward Islands Volcanoes, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Barbados Franchise.
Today’s draft picks:
Guyana Franchise’s five picks: Raymon Reifer, Rajindra Chandrika, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Vishal Singh.
Leeward Islands Franchishe’s five picks: Anthony Martin, Gavin Tonge, Rakheem Cornwall, Jacques Taylor, Lyndel Richardson.
Jamaica Franchise’s five Picks: Andre McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, Horace Miller, Brandon King, Brian Buchanan.
Windward Islands Volcanoes’ five picks: Mervin Mathew, Nelon Pascal, Lindon James, Dalton Polius, Romel Currency.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s five picks: Akeil Hosein, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Yannick Ottley, Jeremy Solozano, Brian Charles.
Barbados Franchise’s five picks: Tino Best, Shai Hope, Kenroy Williams, Ryan Hinds, Roston Chase.
Barbados Franchise – Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse, Dwayne Smith, Kevin Stoute, Omar Phillips, Jomel Warrican, Tino Best, Shai Hope, Kenroy Williams, Ryan Hinds, Roston Chase.
Guyana Franchise: Christopher Barnwell, Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul, Raymon Reifer, Rajindra Chandrika, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Vishal Singh.
Jamaica Franchise: Carlton Baugh, Dave Bernard, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Dawes, Damion Jacobs, Tamar Lambert, Nikita Miller, Andre McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, Horace Miller, Brandon King, Brian Buchanan.
Leeward Islands Franchise: Quinton Boatswain, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Yannick Leonard, Steve Liburd, Jeremiah Louis, Kieran Powell, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Kelbert Walters, Anthony Martin, Gavin Tonge, Rakheem Cornwall, Jacques Taylor, Lyndel Richardson.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force: Adrian Barath, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons, Akeil Hosein, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Yannick Ottley, Jeremy Solozano, Brian Charles.
Windward Islands Volcanoes: Sunil Ambris, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Kenroy Peters, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith,Tyrone Theophile, Mervin Mathew, Nelon Pascal, Lindon James, Dalton Polius, Romel Currency. (HG)