Dave Cameron (R) feels franchises need to run a quality professional set up © Getty Images
Dave Cameron (R) feels franchises need to run a quality professional set up © Getty Images

With nearing of Professional Cricket League (PCL) 2015, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) feels the need for all franchises to become self-sufficient for success of the league. This is extremely critical because if the franchises are not able to support themselves then they are in danger of becoming a basket case. WICB had decided four years back to give financial assistance to PCL for the next few years. This was done with the aim that franchises will work on sponsorship finally helping the franchises to become self-dependent. At present WICB gives a sum of US$ 45,000 each to all the franchises. This to enable the franchises to function smoothly, pay player compensations etc.

In a conversation with Trinidad Guardian Conde Riley (Chairman of the Barbados Pride franchise) said, “The world economy is in recession and this of course has affected all the Caribbean governments which we can go to for assistance. The Corporate Caribbean has also been affected and those who decided to come on board with cricket, invested in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). This has made life very difficult in terms of getting sponsors to come on board. The franchises have three more years to find investors or face a collapse. We know it is very difficult to get the buy in and this is why I am saying that we have to look at innovative ways of getting people involved in terms of getting financial assistance.” Meanwhile Dave Cameron (President of the WICB) said, “We are saying that the PCL is a new business and franchises need to run a quality professional set up. Some of them haven’t done that and the board has taken a decision that if franchises do not comply with the standard, there could be penalties. And the only penalty that we could exact is the withholding of funds.”