Gayle, Samuels among 6 franchise players for CPL T20 competition

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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ST JAMES, Barbados— Jamaican batsmen Marlon Samuels and Christopher Gayle were last night unveiled as two of the six contracted franchise players for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament at Tuesday night’s official launch at the upscale Sandy Lane Country Club.

The other franchise players are West Indies captain Darren Sammy, explosive all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, as well as wily finger-spinner Sunil Narine.

Each of these players is set to represent one of the six franchise countries to ensure that every team is reinforced with at least one prominent regional cricketer.

The CPL, founded by chairman of Verus International Ajmal Khan, is currently in negotiations with Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and St Lucia to have these territories as the franchise teams.

The inaugural CPL, which is endorsed by the West Indies Cricket Board, is targetting a substantial regional and global television audience and is slated to run for four weeks from July 29 to August 26. A total of 32 matches are scheduled to be played.

At the launch, Khan boasted that the region will be boosted by economic and tourism benefits, while adding that “the CPL will showcase the beauty and talent of the Caribbean to the world.”

The organisers of the CPL also announced that fans around the world will be able to access information at the website, the CPLT20 facebook page and can follow updates on twitter @CPL_T20.

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