Samuels delighted at CPL icon status

Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Bridgetown, Barbados:

West Indies Marlon Samuels says he is thrilled to be appointed as an Icon Player for the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20.

Samuels, one of six players that has been designated the role, made the revelation on Tuesday during the official launch of the CPL in Barbados.

The other players, who will each headline a city-based club franchise team in the league, are Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, and Dwayne Bravo.

“It feels good to be one of the six players,” said Samuels, who attended the launch amid the absence of other five touring players.

“The league is set to be a very exciting and interesting one and a lot will be expected of me both on and off the field.

“But it is a challenge that I am up for and I am really looking forward to,” he added.

The league, which will replace the annual Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, is set to bowl off on July 29 and end on August 29.

It will be held across six Caribbean countries with Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and St Lucia listed as potential hosts.

Antigua and St Lucia will represent the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands, respectively.

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