Six members of world champion West Indies Under-19 team have managed to obtain contracts from Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchises on Tuesday during the final drafting of cricketers for the upcoming 2016 edition.
Skipper Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors), fast bowler Alzarri Joseph (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots) and all-rounder Gidron Pope (Zoulks) were retained by their respective franchises, whereas Anderson Phillip (Trinbago Knight Riders), Shemar Springer (Barbados Tridents), Oshane Thomas (Jamaica Tallawahs), became the new ones to join the list.
On this occasion, CPL International Director of Cricket Tom Moody congratulated the West Indies Under-19 boys for their victorious campaign in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, earlier this year.
“Firstly, on behalf of the CPL, I would like to pay tribute to the West Indies Under-19 squad for a superb campaign in Bangladesh which culminated in a thrilling victory over India earlier this year,” Moody was quoted saying in a press release.
He further added, “It was hugely exciting to see so many promising players expressing themselves with an attacking mind-set and it certainly bodes well for the future of the game across the Caribbean. The CPL is committed to encouraging future generations of players and followers to the game and I have no doubt that West Indies cricket will reap the benefit this season and for many years to come.”
“In making their selections, the six franchises analysed and scrutinised in great depth the available talent on display and conducted internal camps to assess the players up close. It wasn’t a straightforward process, which is testament to the performances of the players.”
“For those selected, this is another important step on their pathways and we wish each of them well in their preparations over the coming weeks and months ahead.”
As per the CPL regulations, each franchise is invited to select one player from their home country for the fourth edition of CPL, which will take place between from 29 June until 7 August 2016.