The future of T20 cricket
In discussion with the CEO of the Royals franchise
With the news that West Indies u19 international McKenny Clarke has received a franchise contract for MI Emirates in the inaugural International League T20 competition, tongues have inevitably started wagging across the Caribbean.
Is this the beginning of the new phase of cricket where West Indian talent are asset stripped before they even get a chance to represent West Indies at the senior level?
Earlier this year we saw Ramon Simmonds star for Barbados Pride in the West Indies Championship before going on to replicate those performances in the Caribbean Premier League.
Simmonds is yet to play in a West Indies A squad much less receive full international honours yet he has also been rewarded for his performances in the CPL with a contract with the Paarl Royals in the upcoming SA20 tournament.
That is not to begrudge him his contract - he is a talented bowler who deserves the exposure and the coin that is coming his way but it begs the question how do franchises really operate.
We had the chance to sit with the CEO of the Royals group, Jake Lush McCrum, to unpick the art of being a franchise CEO and what plans he has for the Royals group going forward.
Have a listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments below
Episode 73: How to be a successful franchise CEO ft Jake Lush McCrum
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