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Marc Taylor enters CPL T20 draft

Bahamian senior men’s national cricket player Marc Taylor has entered his name in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty-20 (T20) draft pool. The draft is scheduled for Friday, May 22.

Taylor, who is now 30, has been playing cricket from as far back as he can remember. The left-handed batsman said it means a lot to him to be considered in the draft.

“Well, to be considered in the draft means a lot. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for the opportunity. For years I’ve worked hard on my game. I’m happy to see it pay off,” Taylor said.

There are six franchises in the CPL T20 – the Barbados Tridents, the Jamaica Tallawahs, the St. Lucia Zouks, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Taylor’s coach and manager, Marlon Graham, said they have received interest from four teams so far.

“We have been in talks with the Barbados Tridents because of my affiliation with Barbados – having represented Barbados before. The affiliation there obviously gave me a chance to give my input on Marc. We are also in talks with Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. Those are the four that Marc has a chance of being selected to for that ICC (International Cricket Council) Americas spot,” Graham said.

The ICC Americas spot on the franchises is an initiative that the CPL put in place in 2015. That allows one player from an ICC associate members in the Americas – which The Bahamas is a part of – to have a reserved spot on each of the franchises’ rosters.

Graham is a former Barbadian national team cricketer and said if Taylor is drafted there are a lot of possibilities that can come out of it. Graham also played for Nottingham, a county team in England.

“For a Bahamian now to be part and parcel of one of the larger franchise cricket tournaments in the world, that would mean the possibility of other people coming to use our facilities or the ICC pushing more for Bahamas cricket. That could jumpstart something,” Graham noted. “You can imagine coming out of this COVID-19 pandemic, something like sports tourism as it relates to cricket can have people from other counties flying down for their winter training… The Bahamas can become an option for some teams to come, so sports tourism can be a big deal with people now understanding that there are things going on in The Bahamas.”

Taylor is no stranger to the international scene, having represented The Bahamas in countries like Argentina, Bermuda, Kuwait, Canada, the United States and Panama.

The Bahamian is known for his power-hitting ability in front of the stumps. It comes as no surprise since he favors Jamaican heavy-hitter Christopher Gayle, who is also a left-handed batsman. Taylor said that Gayle’s style of play – which is to score rapidly by using power to hit the ball out of the park – is one that he has developed locally and internationally. Interestingly enough, Gayle recently signed to play for the Zouks.

Locally, Taylor plays for the Police Enforcers in the Bahamas Cricket Association (BCA) T20 League and also for The Bahamas in the BCA Nations League. He is one of the opening batsmen on both teams and can be seen lofting balls past the boundary on any given weekend. Graham said besides his batting attributes, Taylor is good in other areas of the game.

“He has ridiculous hand-eye coordination that maybe can be attributed to the fact that he plays softball. He is also very good in the field. He has the ability to get the ball in and is also a handy bowler. Marc has an impact in each of these disciplines on the field itself and so any team would be lucky to have him,” Graham said.

During the lockdown and curfew put in place in The Bahamas, Taylor said he has been working on a lot of circuit exercise drills, strength and agility. He is waiting to work on his endurance.

The CPL tournament is planned for August 19 to September 26.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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