As the awaited tournament of the Hero Caribbean Premier League is nearing, fans are thrilled to watch their favorite team’s battle. On top of that, Jimmy Adams, the director of Cricket West Indies, is also excited about the news. Ahead of the tournament, it was announced that twelve new emerging players will also take part in the Hero Caribbean Premier League. The new players who came debuted from the 2019 Regional Super50 tournament and managed to win the title.
Among the players, the emerging players in 2021 CPL are; Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsmen Joshua Da Silva (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Leonardo Julien (Trinbago Knight Riders), and pacers Joshua James and Jayden Seales. Among these players, Julien, Joshua James, Kirk McKenzie, and Kadeem Alleyne will be experiencing CPL for the first time. Although this might be a new challenge, they are determined to perform to their level best.
According to Cricket West Indies, Mr. Adams, the new players are welcomed and will be treated with caution. However, since they are the focal point, the awaited match will act as a platform to expose them to elite players and quality competition. With the experience gained from several games and vigorous training, he believes that they will perform better and be the next best next generation of international players.
Following the CPL and CWI collaboration, the manager for CWI, Graeme West, further added that the whole partnership would help strengthen and uplift the collaboration. Since the new players’ performance has been challenging, West assured the players that Caribbean Premier League will provide them with an opportunity to learn, gain more skills, and become the best CPL players.
The new battlers were given the opportunity because they displayed outstanding performance in Trinidad last year. This acted as a reward from the franchises to build their skills and potential for the future. As a result, apart from the 12 new players, seven were retained from the CPL that happened in 2019.
He further added that three players had been drafted for the first time from the 2020 West Indies Under-19 squad. Among the players looked upon to improve their performance are McKenzie, James, and Julian, joining team-mates Nedd, Young, and Seales. Furthermore, from the drafting of Kadeem Alleyne, it was seen that outstanding performances in local tournaments could be recognized and awarded. He, therefore, urged the new players to do their best to be among the CPL’s best players in 2021- as no effort is unrewarded.
The players who will represent West Indies in the Caribbean Premier League 2021 are as follows;
Joshua Bishop (Barbados) – Retained by Barbados Tridents, Nyeem Young (Barbados) – Retained by Barbados Tridents, Ashmead Nedd (Guyana) – Retained by Guyana Warriors, Kevin Sinclair (Guyana) – Retained by Guyana Warriors, Joshua James* (Trinidad & Tobago) – Drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs, Kirk McKenzie* (Jamaica) – Drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs, Dominic Drakes (Barbados) – Retained by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Joshua Da Silva (Trinidad & Tobago) – Retained by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Kadeem Alleyne* (Barbados) – Drafted by St Lucia Zouks, Jeavor Royal (Jamaica) – Drafted by St Lucia Zouks, Leonardo Julien* (Trinidad & Tobago) – Signed by Trinbago Knight Riders, Jayden Seales (Trinidad & Tobago) – Retained by Trinbago Knight Riders.
Some of these players have been retained, drafted, and signed by their respective franchises. So, for more news about cricket, your favorite teams, and players, stay tuned.