Franchise name for Jamaica next month

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC- A franchise name for Jamaica in the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) will be decided on next month, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has announced.

Negotiations are currently taking place between the JCA and the United States-based Chalak Mitra Group (CMG), the franchise owners of Jamaica Tallawahs, the former Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions.

JCA wants to use the name Tallawahs since the Jamaica franchise is the only team without a name after four rounds of competition in the PCL four-day tournament.

“We are trying to get the owners of the Jamaica Tallawahs to allow us to use the name,” said Wilford Heaven, JCA president and deputy chairman of the Jamaica Franchise’s board of directors.

“That would further help to develop the brand and also make it become a household name rather than once a year [during the CPL] you hear ‘Jamaica Tallawahs”.

All the other teams in the PCL have acquired franchise names- Guyana Jaguars, Barbados Pride, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

The Jamaica Franchise are currently second in the six-team standings of the PCL which began last month and is on a break until February 2015.

“We are seeking to discuss that possibility, but at the same time, we are working on another name if that doesn’t work. We are also working through some other options to come up with a name,” said Heaven.

“Off the top of my head I’m looking to have it by the end of January. We are not bound by a timeframe right now, but we want to make sure we have a name that means something, not just something we pick up by-the-way”.

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