Holding is CPL’s ambassador

Michael Holding.
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West Indies former fast bowler Michael Holding has been nominated to the post of ambassador for the Caribbean Premier League Development Program. Holding played 60 Test matches and took 249 wickets. He also played 102 one-day internationals and took 142 wickets. He earned a medal from the ICC cricket World Cup when the West Indies took the crown.

The Caribbean premier should officially starts in January 2014. Caribbean Premier League committee comprises former Jamaican Prime Minister PJ Patterson (chairman), Zorol Barthley, Ian Bishop, Lance Gibbs, Conde Riley, Walter Scott and Charles Wilkin.

Several overseas players have officially agreed to participate including Adam Gilchrist (Australia), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Mohammed Hafeez (Pakistan), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), and Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka).

WEST INDIES PLAYERS

Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels. On May 24, an announcement will be made concerning, which players will be representing a particular franchise. The tournament will include six franchises with 15 contracted players each, including a maximum of four international players and four players under the age of 23. Each team will have one local and one international franchise player.

YOUNG PLAYERS ARE A BIT CONFUSED IN ADAPTING

Twenty20 cricket has caused many young players to go through a fierce battle in adapting to the four-day and even Test matches. Most of the emphasis in the Caribbean region and internationally is on Twenty20 cricket. Test cricket has lost its popularity and the International Cricket Council has to hurriedly reshape and modify Test cricket. Investing in five days for one game to get a result is too invaluable.

The adaption process has caused many cricketers to fail. Some cricketers are trying to keep up the rhythm with their team but not all cricketers are suitable for Twenty20 games. They just cannot compete in that format of the game. Scoring quickly is the popular thing to do. Test cricket gives a player sufficient time to catch up in bowling and batting because of its longer version but unfortunately, Twenty20 cricket does not. Young cricketers are developing themselves not for Test cricket but for the shorter version of the game.

Coaches must reform their strategies when tendering advice to top players. Cricket today is how much can a cricketer achieve, whether batting or bowling in a short allotted time. The quality of the game has change immensely.

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