Riley in charge of Barbados franchise

Conde Riley will be the man responsible for the Barbados franchise when the Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Four Day Tournament bowls off next week.

Riley, a former director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), has been appointed chairman of the board, which has been established to oversee the Barbados franchise during the inaugural competition which will run from November 14, 2014 to March 23, 2015.

Riley, who also ran for the post of BCA president during the last elections, will head the company whose name is yet to be disclosed, and which has been incorporated by the BCA to run the franchise.

The WICB made it mandatory for each of the six territorial boards: the Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Leeward Islands and Barbados, to set up a body, which would manage the operations of the franchise system on their behalf.

A very reliable source, while not disclosing the name of the company, told Barbados TODAY its main function would be to “regulate the system and structure by which the franchises will contract the WICB and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) for West Indies cricketers at the domestic and first class level.”

The source also confirmed that the BCA was a 90 percent shareholder in the new subsidiary.

He revealed that while the directors of the company were appointed by the BCA, the subsidiary also had its own board.

Of the five directors who have been appointed, the source disclosed three were BCA board members, while the other two were non-members.

The PCL is the WICB’s professional first-class franchise system, which will see a cadre of 90 players engaged in a professional cricket structure on a day-to-day basis, year-round.

Under the new format, players will be paid a monthly salary as professionals, instead of the match fees paid in the past.

Each franchise will retain 15 players who will work as a unit in each territory under a head coach and support staff.

President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has expressed confidence that the new franchise system being implemented will have tremendous benefit for West Indies Cricket from both a playing and administrative level.

The WICB Professional Cricket League comprises the Regional Four Day Tournament and the NAGICO Super50 Tournament, which will be played in January 2015.

Source: (Randy Bennett)

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