Bridgetown, Barbados, June 2 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Barbadian Kadeem Alleyne is among four Emerging players who will be experiencing the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the first time this season.
The others are Joshua James, Leonardo Julien - both from Trinidad & Tobago - and Jamaican Kirk McKenzie.
McKenzie and James were members of the West Indies Under-19 side that featured in the last ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2020, who now have a chance to develop their white ball skills with the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Drafted by St. Lucia Zouks, the 21-year-old Alleyne is a tall, attacking opening batsman and handy medium-pace bowler, who plays for the 2020 Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup champions, BWU Gladiola.
Alleyne, who is currently in the United Kingdom representing Diss Cricket Club in Diss Town, Norfolk near Norwich, is elated with his CPL attachment.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and excited to showcase my skills,” he told BCAcricket.org.
Despite being limited to only two matches so far because of adverse weather conditions, Alleyne still managed to celebrate the news by grabbing six for 48 off 10 overs against Brooke CC, which earned him the Player of The Match award as Diss won by 40 runs.
“Recent CPL pick up Kadeem Alleyne was yesterday’s man of the match in a brilliant bowling effort, breaking timber for fun in his outstanding 6-48,” it was reported.
Alleyne expressed thanks to his Gladiola clubmate, Michael Agard Jr. and Barbadian first-class umpire Jonathan Blades, who comes from his home district of St. Christopher in the southern parish of Christ Church, for assisting him in securing the contract with Diss.
Alleyne represented Barbados in the regional Under-19 Tournaments of three-day and one-day matches in St. Kitts in 2017 and was vice-captain for the three-day format.
A product of The Lodge School, Alleyne first played for Barbados Youth (commonly known as Combined Schools) in the BCA Sagicor General T20 Championship in 2017 before making his debut in the Elite division three-day Competition the following season when he represented both Barbados Youth and Empire, the famous Bank Hall Club, in three matches each.
Alleyne again turned out for Empire in 2019 and impressed with a maiden Elite division century (104) against Barbados Youth in the second series at the Lester Vaughan School ground, Cane Garden. He narrowly missed another hundred in Series 4, falling for 95 against BDFSP at Bank Hall.
Alleyne also represented the Barbados Under-23 team on tour to Dominica in 2019.
It was announced today that Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Hero CPL will continue to offer development opportunities to some of the best young West Indians in the ninth edition of the CPL, which takes place in St. Kitts in August.
Since 2019, and for the third consecutive season, 12 players have been drafted, retained or signed into the two mandatory Emerging Player positions in each of the six CPL franchises.
Each CPL franchise will have to field an Emerging Player a minimum of five times during the tournament, ensuring that these players get at least some competitive playing experience and the opportunity to train with some of the best players and coaches from across the Caribbean, and around the world.
The list of 12 retained and drafted players includes recent West Indies Men’s Test and T20I debutants Joshua Da Silva and Kevin Sinclair, who will feature for the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors respectively. At relatively young ages, these two players have notably risen through the CWI development ranks in the last 18 months since featuring for the victorious West Indies Emerging team in the 2019 CG Insurance Super50 Cup.
CWI’s Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams congratulated the selected players saying: “CWI is extremely happy for the 12 Emerging Players who will participate in this year’s CPL tournament. The Emerging Player programme is now a focal point of our elite player pathway and the CPL plays a critical role in exposing these young players to elite players and high level competition. We have no doubt that the experience gained by these young players will be a significant factor in establishing the next generation of international players within this format of the game.”
Reflecting on the third year of the CWI and CPL collaboration, CWI’s High-Performance Manager Graeme West said: “The Emerging Player Programme underlines the growth and strength of the CWI and CPL partnership. In a year where running high-performance activities for our talented young players has been challenging, CPL will provide the 12 emerging players a great learning and development opportunity.
“With seven players retained from the 2020 CPL, this draft represents a reward for the performances and potential that the franchises saw from the Emerging Players in Trinidad last year. I’m delighted that three players from last year’s West Indies Under-19 squad have been drafted for the first time with McKenzie, James and Julian joining team-mates Ashmead Nedd, Nyeem Young and Jayden Seales who will look to build on their performances in 2020. The drafting of Kadeem Alleyne is really significant as it demonstrates to all young cricketers in the Caribbean that outstanding performances in local tournaments can be recognized and rewarded,” West added.
The full list of drafted, retained and signed Emerging Players for their respective CPL teams is as follows (Home Territory Cricket Board in brackets):
• Joshua Bishop (Barbados) - Retained by Barbados Tridents
• Nyeem Young (Barbados) - Retained by Barbados Tridents
• Ashmead Nedd (Guyana) - Retained by Guyana Warriors
• Kevin Sinclair (Guyana) - Retained by Guyana Warriors
• Joshua James* (Trinidad & Tobago) - Drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs
• Kirk McKenzie * (Jamaica) - Drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs
• Dominic Drakes (Barbados) - Retained by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
• Joshua Da Silva (Trinidad & Tobago) - Retained by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
• Kadeem Alleyne* (Barbados) - Drafted by St Lucia Zouks
• Jeavor Royal (Jamaica) - Drafted by St Lucia Zouks
• Leonardo Julien* (Trinidad & Tobago) - Signed by Trinbago Knight Riders
• Jayden Seales (Trinidad & Tobago) - Retained by Trinbago Knight Riders
*denotes players drafted to CPL for the first time