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Trinidad & Tobago stakes claims to its stars

T&T sports minister,Anil Roberts,has said an agreement had been reached with the trio to turn out for their national team and not for their IPL franchise.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2012 12:57 am

IPL champions KKR are likely to be without Sunil Narine in the upcoming CLT20 as the Trinidad & Tobago Sports Minister wants the spinner to be included in the national team along with Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.

T&T sports minister,Anil Roberts,has said an agreement had been reached with the trio to turn out for their national team and not for their IPL franchise. The minister informed that the players were close to signing an MoU following which the details of the individual contracts would be worked out. “All three players have said they want to play for Trinidad & Tobago. The government of Trinidad & Tobago have said they will match their fees,so that they will not lose anything,” Roberts said.

“We want the best team. Some of the Indian teams,the owners are obviously a bit upset because they would love to have Sunil Narine,Pollard and Bravo but I told them quite upfront that we are being professional,that we are not holding anything in secret. We are not going to wait until the last minute and then steal the players from under them,” he added.

Meanwhile,the KKR team director,Joy Bhattacharya wrote on his Twitter page that the franchise’s chief executive,Venky Mysore,has indicated that Narine would play for his IPL franchise. CLT20 rules allow players to pick the team and in the past players had chosen their franchises,which then compensated the players’ home teams.

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