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Former West Indies vice-captain and wicketkeeper Deryck Murray says that one must not get too excited with little cameos in T20 cricket like the CPL.
The fifth CPL T20 tournament just ended and Murray saw some positives coming out of the tournament that could benefit West Indies cricket but in terms of spotting players, he was not excited. “In T20 cricket you get the little cameos from players over two and three overs and one must not get too excited with this, when it comes to spotting players for proper cricket. All the these players have talent but to judge that talent for say Test cricket and 50 overs cricket, one has to be careful using the T20 game.”
Murray, who has also done a wonderful job as Queen’s Park Cricket Club president added: ”There are benefits to get from the CPL and one of the main ones is the fact that its popularity can lead to many young people, both male and female picking up the game. Of course greater participation in cricket, will lead to better players coming through in the future.
“What is has done as well is to bring cricket fans back to the game. We see entire families showing up for these matches and this is great. This is positive in my view and can lead to a resurgence in the popularity of the game as a whole.”
Damian O’Donohue, the CPL Chief Executive said in a recent interview with Hindustan Times: “The CPL is the route in for people coming in to cricket. T20 is what youngsters want to watch and play. So the CPL is becoming a very important catalyst for cricketers in the Caribbean, so it’s important that the CPL is given time to grow and mature, because that’s where the future of West Indies cricket will potentially come from.”
The recently completed CPL brought many fans through the turnstiles and now players like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor and Kesrick Williams, who all played in the 2017 CPL, will be making the trip to England to represent the West Indies in the ODIs.
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