“17 get contracts Down Under”

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Seventeen young cricketers have been given the opportunity to ply their trade in Melbourne, Australia, and by extension pave the way for other Barbadian sportsmen.

Chairman of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Sir Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence committee, Roland Butcher, said this was the first time so many Barbadian and West Indies players were being given the opportunity to play cricket Down Under.

He said that with England’s decision to enforce their managed migration policy, it had become virtually impossible for Barbadian players to play any level of cricket there and other opportunities had to be found.

“I have decided to try and help as many people as possible to go elsewhere. We have to find new places to send our players because there is no money to be made for these players in the Caribbean unless they are in the international side, and again there are 14 or 15 of those. The franchise players make a living to take over and that’s another 15,” he said. (RA)

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