CRICKET: Former Windies wicketkeeper backs first-class franchise system
Former West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs has welcomed the decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to professionalise first class cricket in the Caribbean starting next season.
Jacobs, a Leeward Islands selector, says professionalism in cricket is lacking in the Caribbean and as such the WICB's move will serve to bolster the quality of the sport in the region.
Under the new Professional First Class structure, players will receive contracts as part of a first-class franchise system.
Jacobs says it will be a plus for players once they are being paid and cricket should go forward from there.
Fifteen players in each of the six territories will be contracted on a full-time, year-round basis.
This means 90 first-class players will be given annual contracts joining those contracted under WICB Annual Retainer Contracts.
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