WICB holds inaugural domestic player draft
Sports Page — The West Indies Cricket Board staged its inaugural player draft in Bridgetown for the upcoming expanded domestic season. The draft was held over five rounds, with each of the six regional franchises selecting five players each, in addition to the ten each pre-selected from their home territories.
Guyana’s Ramnaresh Sarwan was picked by Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second round of the draft, while Barbados’ Raymon Reifer went to the Guyanese franchise. They were the only two players who were not selected by their territorial sides.
“We felt having a player of the caliber of Sarwan in our side would be invaluable to our squad which includes a number of young players,” said Gus Logie, the T&T head coach.
“We have struggled with the all-rounder role and we were glad to get a second player (Reifer) in the all-rounder position,” said Rayon Griffith, the Guyana chairman of selectors.
A WICB release stated that the draft was organized to achieve an equitable distribution of the available player talent in the regional four-day and one-day tournaments. The six franchises participated in the draft through a selection panel consisting of the chairman of selectors and head coach. The selection order for the draft was according to the final league position in the 2013-14 WICB regional four-day competition. The following sequence was followed for each round:
1. Guyana franchise, 2. Leeward Islands franchise, 3. Jamaica franchise, 4. Windward Islands Volcanoes, 5. Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, 6. Barbados franchise
Barbados franchise Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse, Dwayne Smith, Kevin Stoute, Omar Phillips, Jomel Warrican; Tino Best, Shai Hope, Kenroy Williams, Ryan Hinds, Roston Chase
Guyana franchise Christopher Barnwell, Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul; Raymon Reifer, Rajindra Chandrika, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Vishal Singh
Jamaica franchise Carlton Baugh, David Bernard, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Dawes, Damion Jacobs, Tamar Lambert, Nikita Miller; Andre McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, Horace Miller, Brandon King, Brian Buchanan
Leeward Islands franchise Quinton Boatswain, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Yannick Leonard, Steve Liburd, Jeremiah Louis, Kieran Powell, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Kelbert Walters; Anthony Martin, Gavin Tonge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jacques Taylor, Lyndel Richardson
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force Adrian Barath, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Stephen Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons; Akeal Hosein, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Yannick Ottley, Jeremy Solozano, Bryan Charles
Windward Islands Volcanoes Sunil Ambris, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Kenroy Peters, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile; Mervin Mathew, Nelon Pascal, Lindon James, Dalton Polius, Romel Currency