Captain Carlos is a happy camper now that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has finally introduced a professional franchise framework in the region.
Carlos Brathwaite, new captain of the Barbados cricket team, believes the recently launched Professional Cricket League (PCL) is the perfect platform to help West Indian cricketers catch back up with the runaway leaders in Test cricket, South Africa and Australia.
“I believe the franchise system should have been done a long time ago. It brings a level of professionalism, and that is good, especially for young players in the West Indies,” Brathwaite told MIDWEEK SPORT in his first interview since being named captain of the Barbados Pride on Sunday.
“The youngster who once had a 8:30 to 4:30 job doesn’t have to worry now. He can get a good night’s sleep, come and train hard, share in the intensity and do the professional things players worldwide have been doing to get to the top. It’s a solid foundation for us to have,” Brathwaite said about the new PCL format.