ST JOHN’S – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has so far granted four No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players who are slated to play in the inaugural Masters Champion League (MCL).
The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council and is set to run from January 28 to February 13 in the United Arab Emirates.
For players to be eligible, they should have retired from international cricket and so far, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best (below), Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie have written to the Board indicating they have retired.
The players are however still eligible to compete for their respective Franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues.
The exception from this list is Edwards, who is a Kolpak player. Having opted to play for Hampshire in England, he gave up his right to play for his member country. He would therefore have to apply to participate as an overseas player for any regional tournament.
Chief Executive Officer of the WICB, Michael Muirhead underscores the rule as stated by the ICC “this is a tournament who have retired from international cricket.”
The CEO added that “we wish for a successful tournament and we hope the opportunity for all the players prove valuable.” (PR)