CPL

Focused on rebuilding Jamaica Tallawahs retain only Russell, Powell, Walton and Thomas

By May 14, 2020

With a focus on rebuilding for the 2020 CPL season, the beleaguered Jamaica Tallawahs franchise has opted to retain four players including star player Andre Russell for the new season.

The franchise that has borne the brunt of public criticism from former player Chris Gayle and Russell, has also retained Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas and Chadwick Walton.

 “The Tallawahs organisation will be seeking to rebuild in 2020. We are extremely excited to have Andre Russell back for another year. Andre was recently named as the leading T20 cricketer in the world by the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack,” said CEO Jefferson Miller.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to retain Oshane Thomas and Rovman Powell, both rising stars in West Indies and world cricket. I’m looking forward to having the veteran Chadwick Walton back in the dressing room.

“Chadwick brings a wealth of leadership experience to the team and has been a dominant player over the years in the CPL.  Overall, we are looking forward to successful CPL 2020 and returning the championship to Jamaica.”

International retentions and signings will be announced at a later date. This year teams can retain as many players from their 2019 squads as they wish. They could also transfer players to other teams and sign emerging players.

The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26, but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments.

They will make a decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, as soon as possible.

 

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