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JCA CEO 'understands' Tallawahs move

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Tallawahs captain André Russell (right) and spinner Adam Zampa celebrate the fall of a St Lucia Stars wicket during a Caribbean Premier League game at Sabina Park on August 14.

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) CEO Courtney Francis said while they are disappointed that the Jamaica Tallawahs are playing most of their home matches in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Florida, he understands the reasons behind the move.

There has been a huge outcry from cricket fans across the country following the decision by the Tallawahs' management to play three of their five home games in Florida.

However, Francis said he was made aware of this move some time ago and, while he is not in support of the decision, he acknowledged that it was made in the best interest of the team.

"I am disappointed, but I am not angry or anything because I was made aware of this from long ago," said Francis.

"I am disappointed to know that they chose to go and play in Florida, but it understand that it is a business and they chose to do it and the licence that they purchased do not have any restrictions or else they would not have been able to do it (play home games overseas)," he said.




"All of us as Jamaicans would love to see the Tallawahs playing at Sabina Park because the win record at Sabina Park is excellent compared to anywhere else in the region," Francis said.

The administrator added that the JCA has no affiliation with the Tallawahs and, therefore, they are not a part of the any negotiations which involves the franchise.

"I don't not know what kind of financial support the other governments give to other franchises, but as it relates to the Jamaica Tallawahs, as far as we are aware, JCA is not a part of the Tallawahs," he said.

Meanwhile, Jeff Miller, CEO of the Tallawahs, while speaking to general financial impracticality and reasons behind the move, has publicly stated that they are the only competing team in the CPL, which does not received any financial support from Government.

It reportedly cost the Tallawahs management - Worldwide Sports Management (WSM) - in excess of $9 million to play two games at Sabina Park this season.

Meanwhile, WSM also has a deal in place with the Central Broward Regional Park, which hosted the Tallawahs home games in Florida, for exclusive rights for staging international cricket at the facility.