Muirhead believes the Caribbean Premier League can be as big as the Indian Premier League
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Michael Muirhead has announced that the proposed Caribbean Premier League is currently on track to take place next January and could even replace the country’s regional Twenty20 competition.
“The negotiations are going on to bring on stream the Caribbean Premier League, and this would be a franchise tournament, the West Indies Cricket Board is negotiating the rights, and after this it will be handed to a private promoter who has shown interest in staging the league,” Muirhead said.
The regional Twenty20 competition will see seven teams in action starting from January 6, but Muirhead reiterated the fact that it could be replaced if the Caribbean Premier League proves to be extremely popular with the fans.
“It might mean that the regional T20 cricket tournament that is now being played might have to be done away with. This would mean that the franchise team would now go on to represent the region at the Champions League tournament on an annual basis,” Muirhead added.
Muirhead noted that another crucial point on his agenda was too resolve the ongoing dispute between the WICB and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).
“I think with the temperament that I possess, I will be able to bring the parties closer together. Issues with WIPA don’t have to be contentious, and at the end of my tenure I think WIPA would become a less contentious issue, both bodies have to work together to get things right, and it will take compromise from both ends. We will sit and negotiate fairly while achieving our own individual ideals, and I am confident things would work out,” Muirhead said.