The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force has placed its trust in an exciting core of young players for the 2017/18 Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League.
The players retained ahead of the draft were: Kyle Hope, Isaiah Rajah, Yannic Cariah, Roshon Primus, Imran Khan, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Marlon Richards, Sheldon Cottrell and Bryan Charles
Selected in the Cricket West Indies Player Draft were: Kissoondath Magram, Khary Pierre, Steven Katwaroo, Ewart Nicholson and Akeil Cooper. Merryboys wicketkeeper/batsman Jangoo is one of five players earning their first Red Force professional contract.
“I am really delighted to be awarded a contract by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. Last season I got a look in for the final two matches and I made the best of my opportunity. Honestly I am really happy the selectors showed faith in me and awarded me a professional contract,” said the 19 year-old.
He continued, “The last year has been a rollercoaster for me. I missed out on selection for the West Indies Under-19 team and I had to come through the Combined Campuses and Colleges route. Being awarded a Red Force contract is vindication for all the hard work I have invested and being mentally resilient through adversity. The easy decision is to give up when things are not going your way but I continued to work hard and now I am a professionally contracted player.”
Also receiving their first professional contract are Nicholson, Cooper, Webster and Rajah. The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board also extends its congratulations to all-rounder Akeal Hosein who was selected in the Player Draft by the Barbados Pride.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force
Kyle Hope (Overseas)
Roshon Primus (Overseas)
Sheldon Cottrell (Overseas)
Kissoondath Magram (Round 1 Draft)
Khary Pierre (Round 2 – Draft)
Steven Katwaroo (Round 3 – Draft)
Ewart Nicholson (Round 4 – Draft)
Akeil Cooper (Round 5 – Draft)