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Posted: Thursday 12 March, 2020 at 1:19 PM

Teams announce emerging player signings for 2020

By: Hero CPL, Press Release

    Gros Islet, St Lucia. 12 March 2020 -- The Hero Caribbean Premier League are continuing their commitment to the development of the next generation of Caribbean cricketers with the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Emerging Player programme which will see the best young talent across the region being guaranteed game time during this year’s tournament. 

     

    This pool of players have been selected by CWI and represent the best cricketers aged under 23 across the region. Each squad will have two of these players and each team must give a minimum of five games to an emerging player, either one player taking the field five times or a combination of appearances between the two players.  
     
    The rules and regulations for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League gives each team the option to sign a player from the Cricket West Indies Emerging Player Pool who is from their home territory ahead of the draft. 
     
    The deadline for making these early signings has now passed and four teams have made the decision to sign one of these exciting young cricketers before the draft. Those that did not make one of these signings before the deadline will be given the opportunity to sign their remaining Emerging Players at the Hero CPL draft. 
     
    The four players who have been selected are as follows
     
    Barbados Tridents: Nyeem Young
     
    Guyana Amazon Warriors: Kevin Sinclair 
     
    St Lucia Zouks: Kimani Melius
     
    Trinbago Knight Riders: Jayden Seales 
     
    In addition to the option to sign a home territory player the teams were also given the opportunity to retain their any of their emerging players from last year. Two teams exercised this option.
     
    The players retained are as follows
     
    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Dominic Drakes
     
    Trinbago Knight Riders: Amir Jangoo 
     
    Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL, said: “There is so much cricketing talent across the Caribbean and we want to make sure that our tournament plays it’s part in creating the next generation of West Indies stars. We were delighted with how well these young players did in 2019 and we are really excited to see this group of talented cricketers during the 2020 tournament. The sky is the limit for these young men, and we want to see them succeed at CPL and beyond.” 
     
    There are still six available Emerging Player spots in Hero CPL teams for the 2020 tournament which takes place from 19 August to 26 September. These will be filled at the draft. 
     
    The players who are available to fill those spots are as follows
     
    Player                          Home Territory
                      
    Alick Athanaze             Windwards
     
    Joshua Bishop             Barbados
     
    Leniko Boucher*          Barbados
     
    Keacy Carty                 Leewards
     
    Roland Cato*               Windwards
     
    Joshua da Silva           Trinidad
     
    Nicholas Kirton             Barbados
     
    Mikyle Louis                 Leewards
     
    Kirk McKenzie              Jamaica
     
    Ashmead Nedd            Guyana
     
    Jeavor Royal*              Jamaica
     
    Keagan Simmons*       Trinidad
     
    Shamar Springer*        Barbados
     
    Bhaskar Yadram          Guyana
     
    *CWI Emerging Player in the 2019 CPL
     
    ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:
     
    First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. There was a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million during the 2019 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2019 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$136million. Barbados Tridents are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2020 tournament will take place between 19 August and 26 September. For further information visit www.cplt20.com.
     
     
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