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Gilchrist will not be doing any Gangnam style celebrations during the CPL
Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who was set to become one of the marquee international sensations of the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will not have that dream fulfilled after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury.
Gilchrist also recently retired from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and signed off in style, taking a wicket off his very first ball.
According to reports, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is set to replace him.
While the league has started to become the talk of the town, CPL operations manager Carlisle Powell admitted that preparations for the tournament were not going according to plan as venues for where the matches will be held have yet to decided.
“We’re dealing with six different governments,” Powell said. “As a former minister of government (in Nevis), I can tell you things do not always move fast in government.
“Do I wish for anything to change? Yes. If I had the choice, all the venue agreements would have been signed a month ago, and all the sponsorship arrangements would have been completed. If we don’t have signed venue agreements, we simply do not have homes for our franchises.”
With the tournament set to begin in on July 29, Powell stated that he had met with the Ministry of Tourism and respective venue owners to finalise locations for the matches as soon as possible.
“What I have to do as operations manager now is follow (up) very closely with those governments, because we need venue agreements signed,” he said. “We are asking for the Ministries of Tourism to partner with us in each of the six franchise locations.”