Martin Guptill, the New Zealand batsman, hopes the Limacol Caribbean Premier League has acted as a shop window to help sell the best of his country’s cricket to the rest of the world.
The Black Caps have struggled to convince other countries to provide them with lengthy international engagements, especially at Test level, something spoken of last week by fast-bowling legend Sir Richard Hadlee.
However, with Guptill, who has been put on the injury list for the remainder of the inaugural tournament with a broken bone in his right hand, and James Franklin impressing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and former national captain Ross Taylor slotting into the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel line-up, Guptill hopes the Limacol CPL has helped to lift New Zealand’s global cricketing profile.”
James Franklin and I have had reasonably successful tournaments (for Guyana Amazon Warriors),” he said. “It puts us out there and hopefully people will take notice. From what I read, Sir Richard’s comments were more to do with (New Zealand’s limited amount of) Test cricket than anything else and we are struggling a little in the Test game at the moment.”The only way we can get better is by playing more Tests and if that can come in the next few years and we can keep developing as a team then who knows where we can go from there,” he added.
The Warriors ended up topping the group stages of the six-team LCPL with five wins from seven matches, earning themselves a semi-final date with the Red Steel at the Queen’s Park Oval tomorrow as a result.(windiescricket)