Home > News >

CPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo unhappy with Trinidad & Tobago’s exclusion from team name

Dwayne Bravo called the people responsible for the name change 'a bunch of jokers' © Getty Images
Dwayne Bravo called the people responsible for the name change ‘a bunch of jokers’ © Getty Images

St. George’s (Grenada): Jul 16, 2014

Captain Dwayne Bravo has raised strong objections after the words Trinidad and Tobago were dropped from Red Steel for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which began in Grenada over the weekend.

The experienced West Indies all-rounder and Trinidad and Tobago national says those responsible for the name change are a “bunch of jokers,” reports CMC. ”I think whoever made that decision, it’s uncalled for. Ninety percent of the players in the team are from Trinidad and Tobago. We are using the national colours,” said Bravo.  ”All the other islands are proud to use their country’s name, whether it is the Barbados Tridents, the Jamaica Tallawahs, why not Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel?”

The CPL has confirmed that the request for the removal of the Trinidad and Tobago name from the Red Steel franchise had come from the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts. CEO Suruj Ragoonath and executive member Baldath Mahabir both agreed with the decision which was made by the CPL after a request from Roberts as well as the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB).

“Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign country and the franchise is not owned by the TTCB, but it is owned by a private entity so it is more appropriate given the fact that it is not really representing Trinidad and Tobago, but the franchise holder, that Trinidad and Tobago should not be on their name,” said Ragoonath.

“Maybe if it was the Port of Spain Red Steel that might be more appropriate. I think it is a good idea that it is not named after the country and I think this should obtain throughout the region and not only in Trinidad and Tobago”. Bravo made his comments after Red Steel registered a convincing seven-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents in the first round of matches at the National stadium.

“I play a lot, heart and soul for Trinidad and Tobago. I’ve done a lot for my country and will continue to do so,” he told reporters. ”The people in the front are the ones who are gonna suffer the most to know that our country (name) has been removed and at the end of the day, we are representing Trinidad and Tobago and that brand is very important for me, and I’m going to continue to use Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel team.”

The sports minister has defended the name change, saying Trinidad and Tobago is exclusive for national teams. ”This CPL franchise (the Red Steel) is not a national team and does not consist wholly and solely of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago,a said Roberts. ”Therefore they have no permission whatsoever to utilise the brand of Trinidad and Tobago which must be jealously guarded for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.”

However Bravo says Red Steel players have also expressed disappointment over the name change. He has insisted that despite the name change he will continue to use Trinidad and Tobago as a way of promoting his country. ”Maybe I might get into trouble for it, but so be it. I believe it’s the right way Every time I am leading this team, I’m going to use Trinidad and Tobago and ensure that my country gets full mileage from this big international tournament. Whoever made the decision, call them a bunch of jokers,” said Bravo.

“When you look at the IPL you have Chennai Super Kings, you have Mumbai Indians. Not all the players are from Mumbai; not all the players from Chennai; NBA, Miami Heat, not everybody from Miami, so what is the big deal?” he said. Mahabir has suggested that the franchises be named after the cities where they are based rather than the country.

“In reality it is a franchise team and not a Trinidad and Tobago team. One might want to look at naming it after something Trinidadian or Tobagonian, some kind of derivative of the name or rather the city in which the franchise is based, like the Indian Premier League,” said Mahabir. ”Something like the Port of Spain Red Steel which would be similar to what is used in the IPL like Chennai or Bangalore or Mumbai rather that to use the name of a country”.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

Live Cricket Score India A vs Sri Lanka, warm-up match at Mumbai: India A maul Sri Lanka by 87 runs

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 2: South Zone lead by 32 runs at the end of second day’s play

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 1: Pakistan 158/2 at tea

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe

Sachin Tendulkar honoured with place in Bradman Hall of Fame

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: KL Rahul’s unbeaten 168 gives South Zone 32 runs lead over Central Zone

Stuart Broad rubbishes Kevin Pietersen’s comments on bullying

India A beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs in tour match; Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Karn Sharma shine

Younis Khan guides Pakistan to commanding position at tea on Day 1 of 2nd Test against Australia

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

India A vs Sri Lankans tour match: Players look to make the most of opportunities

Viv Richards: How did he perform against the West Indian quicks?

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

NGOs pursue education for all

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Alia Bhatt to play the lead in Rock On 2?

‘No Kolkata, no ISL’ for Shah Rukh Khan

Sonakshi Sinha on Harper’s Bazaar cover: Elegant in a Dior dress!

क्यों युवा हो रहे हैं दिमाग की बीमारी से ग्रस्त

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: KL Rahul’s century puts South Zone in command against Central Zone

Twitter, IBM join forces on business data analytics

India A vs Sri Lanka tour match: Sangakkara, Tharanga lead Lanka’s chase of 382

Honey — home remedy for soft and supple skin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here