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February 25, 2013
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Ambrose concerned for Caribbean Premier League
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Curtly Ambrose - file

Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose is expressing concern at the quick pace at which the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is being implemented.

According to Ambrose, after hearing about the CPL in December it came as somewhat of a surprise to him when it was announced earlier this month that the tournament will bowl off on July 29.

"The thing I am concerned about though is that I only heard about it a couple of months ago, and I understand it will be taking place at the end of July, which to me seems rather quick," said Ambrose.

"I thought this thing needed a lot of time to plan properly. But I guess everything has already been planned, and ready to go," he added.

The CPL, which is slated to last a month, is being organised by Barbados-based merchant bank group, Verus International.

It is set to feature six regional city-based franchise teams, and according to Verus International, several of the world's top players.

Among those who have been confirmed are West Indians Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieran Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, and Marlon Samuels.

The six players have been assigned icon players status for the various franchise teams, whose names are yet to be officially revealed.

Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago or St Lucia are the countries that have been earmarked to host a franchise.

However, according to Ambrose, given all the logistics that are necessary to stage such a wide-reaching league, he was of the opinion that the more time the organisers had, the better it would be.

"It's going to be interesting to see how it unfolds," he said.

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