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Young Cricketers From Caribbean, ICC Americas Region To Get Opportunity To Earn CPL Contracts

Thirty young players in total will be assigned to a franchise and be invited to participate in the training camps being held ahead of the tournament

Young Cricketers From Caribbean, ICC Americas Region To Get Opportunity To Earn CPL Contracts - Cricket News
Steven Taylor is one of the players who will be assigned to a franchise and be invited to participate in the training camps.
Six Americas’ players to be selected following Talent Development Camp
 
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) today announced a new initiative for the 2015 edition of the tournament, geared towards providing an opportunity for the best U19 cricketers from the Caribbean, as well as developing players from ICC Associate Members in the Americas’ region, to make the final squad of one of the six franchises taking part in the tournament.
 
Thirty young players in total will be assigned to a franchise and be invited to participate in the training camps being held ahead of the tournament – one young cricketer from the ICC Americas region and four U19 West Indies players will be assigned per franchise.
 
Last year, the U19 West Indies’ players attended the camps, but were not eligible to make the final team squads and take part in matches during the league. This will change in 2015, as one of the five young players training with each franchise will make the final squad and be available to play in the tournament proper.
 
Commenting on the initiative, CPL Cricket Operations Director, Michael Hall said, “This provides an excellent opportunity for a young player to get a taste of the life of a professional cricketer – the travel, the daily practice sessions and the intensity of the actual competition. We took the decision based on feedback from the coaches who were involved last year – they all felt that there was enough talent at the U19 level to warrant creating an additional roster spot for one of them.”

ICC Americas Regional Development Manager Ben Kavenagh welcomed the opportunity being afforded to the cricketers from the Americas. “We have selected a squad of twelve players to take part in an ICC Americas Talent Development Camp in Barbados from 14 to 21 December, which will be staged in conjunction with the WICB High Performance Centre and Barbados Cricket Association,” said Kavenagh.

“The squad has been selected from the best U17s from our August Match Play Camp, the best U19s from our team in the WICB U19 Event in Guyana and some U23 players who are currently playing in senior national teams.”

Six players will be selected following the Talent Development Camp and be assigned to a CPL franchise, where they will join their West Indies U19 counterparts, who, as was the case last year, will be selected by their local territorial boards.  Each franchise will then select one player to be a part of its final squad.

Final CPL squad rosters for the 2015 season will be increased from fifteen to sixteen.
 
ICC Americas Squad
 
Name Country
Arslan Khan Canada
Christian Burgess Bermuda
Delray Rawlings Bermuda
Farhan Malik Canada
Keifer Phill USA
Kushal Ganji USA
Nikhil Dutta Canada
Nitish Kumar Canada
Onias Bascome Bermuda
Satsimranjit Singh Dhindsa Canada
Steven Taylor USA
Tre Manders Bermuda
Errol Barrow Canada Coach
Tom Evans ICC Americas