Call to lockdown T&T stars

PORT OF SPAIN – Azim Bassarath, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Association, has asked the country’s government to help ensure that T&T players represent their country and not the IPL franchises in the 2013 Champions League T20.

T&T qualified for the CLT20 for the third time in a row – and fourth time overall out of five editions – after beating Guyana in the Caribbean T20 on Sunday.†T&T made it to the inaugural CLT20, in 2009, and then the 2011 and 2012 editions.

In the inaugural tournament, several of their players caught the eye with their performances, and they finished runners-up behind New South Wales. Those performances – and the ones that followed in later editions – got some of their players, including Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper, IPL contracts. Thereafter, based on which IPL teams qualified for the CLT20, these players and Dwayne Bravo – who had an IPL contract from the outset – represented the franchises ahead of T&T in the tournament.

Last year an agreement had been reached with Bravo, Pollard and Narine to represent Trinidad and Tobago. However, the three still turned out for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.††††

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