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West Indies World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite to play in Bermuda Smash Invitational

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Carlos Brathwaite will be thrilling Bermuda fans with his swashbuckling batting style

Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies’ match-winner in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup final in India is heading to the island next month to play in the Bermuda Smash Invitational.

Brathwaite, 35, whose heroics inspired West Indies to a four-wicket victory over England, has been named as one of four international cricketers for the inaugural competition alongside Raymon Reifer, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Sharmarh Brooks.

BSI board member Shane Hollis expects the four players to light up the inaugural edition of the T20 competition.

“These remarkable athletes will be drafted to teams in the coming weeks,’’ Hollis said.

“Their presence in the tournament will showcase the high calibre of competition Bermuda Smash Invitational aims to achieve.

“Their skills and world-class experience, paired with Bermuda’s best players, will keep cricket fans on the edge of their seats across the island and the globe.”

There is no doubt that Brathwaite will be the star attraction for what promises to be an action-filled event at North Field, National Sports Centre, from May 15 to 19 but there also promises to be plenty of local talent involved in the four-team T20 tournament.

Bermudian coaches and captains have also been announced, with Pembroke Panthers coached by Janeiro Tucker and captained by Tre Manders. Clay Smith has been tasked with mentoring Hamilton Parish Hurricanes, with the captaincy handed to Terryn Fray.

Clevie Wade is the coach of Smith’s Sixers, who will be captained by Delray Rawlins. Kamau Leverock, who recently announced his international cricket retirement, will lead Sandys Spartans alongside coach is Jeff Richardson.

Much like the Indian Premier League, a live player draft will take place at Ocean View Golf Club on May 10, where teams will each select 13 player, with local cricketers getting the chance to impress coaches and captains at a scouting combine, to be held at Bailey's Bay Cricket Club on May 3 and 4.

Delray Rawlins, left, Lloyd Smith, Shane Hollis, Stephen Outerbridge, Vance Campbell and Jekon Edness (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

A tier system will be used for the player draft, which will also be a guiding tool when it comes to payment.

“All players will be compensated,’’ said Stephen Outerbridge, one of the co-founders of the tournament.

“Payments will be based on a tier system and, just like the IPL, we’re going to rate them.

“There will be two tiers, A and B, and development player. Every tier will have a fixed amount, all the captains will be on the same amount and all the players that are drafted will be on the same amount.”

Bermuda Cricket Board president Lloyd Smith has welcomed the addition of the BSI to the island’s cricket calender.

“It’s a pleasure to have another tournament in Bermuda,’’ Smith said. “As the BCB, one of our main goals is to have cricket played in Bermuda.

“To bring a tournament of this level, with international players, is definitely a plus for our 2024 cricket schedule.”

The Bermuda Government, LiveNet, CG Insurance, MS Reinsurance, BermudAir, Burrows Lightbourn, BGA, as well as Sound Concepts and Barclay’s Construction have been announced as sponsors of the event, with Vance Campbell, the Acting Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, expressing support for the initiative.

“The Government of Bermuda proudly extends its support to the Bermuda Smash International,’’ Campbell said.

“In collaboration with the ministry of tourism, our partnership with the BSI team and the National Sports Centre highlights our commitment to bringing all stakeholders together for the success of this event.”

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Published April 05, 2024 at 6:59 am (Updated April 05, 2024 at 7:09 am)

West Indies World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite to play in Bermuda Smash Invitational

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