A Media statement yesterday stating that the issue regarding the name of the Caribbean Premier League T20 franchise Red Steel has been resolved so that the franchise will once again be called the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel has brought a sharp reaction, one of disapproval, by TT’s Minister of Sport Anil Roberts.
The CPL had previously agreed to omit the words Trinidad and Tobago from the name, based on a request from the Sport Minister who had told the CPL that the use of Trinidad and Tobago’s name for the franchise was infringing on the protocols surrounding the use of the name and the sovereignty of the nation.
And while the Red Steel franchise sported the name Trinidad and Tobago for all of last year’s inaugural CPL T20 competition, the retention of the full title at the start of this year’s competition, drew the Sport Minister intervention.
And in an official response last week the CPL Management said it was acceding to the Minister’s request to omit the words Trinidad and Tobago from the Red Steel franchise.
Damian O’Donohoe, the CPL’s CEO, was quoted as saying The CPL would like to reiterate that the Red Steel team is not a franchise that is based in Trinidad and Tobago adding that it is a team selected from the talent pool across the country.”
Yesterday a Media release on behalf of the CPL said the management of the CPL was pleased to announce that the matter has been resolved and that the team will once again bear the name of Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.
The statement cited its gratitude to Minister Gary Griffith for what it termed his timely intervention in the matter and for his support in bringing it to a positive conclusion.
But at a Media Conference yesterday afternoon, Minister Roberts responded to a question on the matter, saying Mr. Griffith cannot authorise the change.