The Caribbean Premier League can be the catalyst for positive change in West Indies cricket says Tom Moody, the international cricket director of the league.
“We are bringing some of the leading players in the world to play in the league along with the top cricketers from the region. In addition we also have a development programme that includes several young West Indies cricketers. It is our intention that these young cricketers will learn and develop from their association with the senior West Indian and international cricketers who are playing in the CPL and as a result West Indies cricket will benefit,” Moody told Barbados TODAY.
He explained that the CPL played a multiple role in West Indies cricket along with its fast paced and entertainment value.
“Our brand of cricket is exciting and brings a new demographic to the game. We hope that the CPL will create interest among younger fans in the region who
will become attracted to first-class and Test cricket,” the former Australian all-rounder said..
Moody said that the newest version of the game should not be compared with Test cricket because the longer form of the game was the holy grail. He however added that T20 cricket would create a new awareness of the Test and first-class cricket.
The former manager of the Sri Lanka team said that the was looking forward to his stint with the CPL.
“This competition has generated interest throughout the cricket world. This year it will be televised in Asia, England, Australia and North America so it will be beamed into millions of households.”
He added that every cricketer had a soft spot for the West Indies and longed to play cricket here which made it easy to attract players to the CPL. Moody who played eight Test matches and 37 One-Day International matches for Australia, said it was a privilege to be part of the CPL.
Moody was appointed to his post with the CPL in March this year.