Radio Jamaica Sports’ cricket analyst Christopher A. Ggayle is bemoaning the lack of opportunities given to emerging Jamaican cricketers in this year's Caribbean Premier League. Gayle was speaking in response to a post from Kirk McKenzie Senior, whose son represented the West Indies at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2019.
McKenzie Junior had the highest individual score for the Windies during the tournament when he scored 99 against New Zealand. McKenzie Senior in a social media post, credited other franchises for giving opportunities to players from last year's Under-19 team but criticized the Jamaica Tallawahs for selecting Barbadian Nicholas Kirton as one of two emerging players.
The other emerging player was Jamaican Jevor Royal who was withdrawn from the squad ahead of the trip to Trinidad and Tobago after he came in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case.
With the absence of Royal, there were 11 emerging players selected by the six franchises in the CPL. Of the 11, there were 5 from Barbados, 3 from Trinidad and Tobago, 2 from Guyana and one from St Lucia.
Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis were not represented. As per CPL conditions, each franchise had to select 2 emerging players who must feature in at least 5 five games.