Six stars from the victorious West Indies Under-19 squad will feature in the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after the franchises completed their player rosters for the forthcoming campaign.
Three players have been retained by their home teams; West Indies Under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors), fast bowler Alzarri Joseph (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots) and Gidron Pope (Zouks). They have been joined by Anderson Phillip (Trinbago Knight Riders), Shemar Springer (Barbados Tridents) and Oshane Thomas (Jamaica Tallawahs).
As per CPL regulations, each franchise is invited to select one player from their home country for the fourth edition of CPL, which will take place from June 29 until August 7, 2016.
“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,” said CPL international director of cricket Tom Moody.
“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.”
Moody explained that while making their selections, the six franchises analyzed and scrutinized in great depth the available talent on display and conducted internal camps to assess the players up close. It wasn’t a straightforward process, he said, which is testament to the performances of the players.
“For those selected, this is another important step on their pathway and we wish each of them well in their preparations over the coming weeks and months ahead,” he concluded.