NY Mayor's Cup
Wright Makes Wrong Move…..Says Bedessee Destroyers
By Orin Davidson
Destroyers are claiming the batsman double- dealt them by switching his allegiance to a rival at the last minute after promising to represent them in the competition.
Wright’s name appears on the Washington Tigers list submitted to competition ‘s owners Cricket Council USA, and to make matters worse the player was refusing to take any calls from Bedessee Destroyers.
But Wright it seems, is making money the issue if one is to go by a tongue in cheek message on his cell phone voice mail.
“If the price ain’t right I will not be taking strike”, is the recording one was getting up to Thursday after dialing the player’s number.
Destroyers officials explained they are not paying any of their players to play, but should they win prize money including the top prize of $ 10,000 it would be shared among the squad solely.
Wright has a history of putting his services on sale and not showing up to play, if the price is not right.
However, he is one of best batsmen in the United States and scored a century in one of his first appearances for the United States national team in the West Indies limited overs series last year in the Caribbean.
Included in the Washington Tigers lineup along with Wright are a few players who recently toured Guyana with United Chargers for a Twenty20 series. United States captain Steve Massiah and Rashard Marshall are among the lot. Chargers which won the New York cricket committee’s T20 championships this year, is unavailable for the Open, leaving Destroyers as the lone New York team in contention.
Teams participating are not required to be registered with any League affiliated to the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA), the country’s national governing body.
Forming teams to compete in money competitions is becoming a regular practice, in promotions not run by leagues or USACA.
It has resulted in fierce competition for players among those teams.
Destroyers is not a registered club with any ruling body within or outside of New York and was invited to play in the US Open based on its outstanding showing in winning the Dream Cricket Twenty20 Cup in July.
And If losing Wright, who did not have the decency to speak directly to the team to explain his status, is not infuriating enough, Destroyers is more upset he crossed the floor to a rival team that left them in a the hole with a paid round trip ticket that is useless to the team.
The ticket was bought from Virginia where Wright resides and he is the only player in the squad departing from that location.
As a result reimbursement for the ticket could blow up into a heated affair, because the team is adamant they have to compensated. It could lead to a confrontation at the Broward stadium facility between the player and or the Washington Tigers and Destroyers.
As a result Destroyers who have players from around the country, likely took the field with only 12 players for their first game on Friday as two others in the squad were not available until Saturday because of work commitments.
However, even without Wright, Bedessee Tigers has the strongest team among the 10 participants, on paper with a number of high profile players from New York and around the country.
They have drafted in top U.S. all-rounder Orlando Baker from Texas along with highly rated junior player Ryan Corns, the Under-19 Americas championship MVP last summer. Add Kevin Darlington, who has established himself as the country’s leading seam bowler, former Guyana national batsman Andrew Gonsalves, George Adams and Barrington Bartley, and they should be favorites to it all.
In-form batsman Glen
Hall is not in the squad, contrary to a previous report.
It does not
surprised me that Mr. Wright is not a man of his true words. He
has done that same thing to one team in the NYPL just recently because
of $25.00 more than what he was offered to play. In return he played
for another team. I guess these guys are that good or just greedy.
I think it\'s greed. I think also he is pressured because of standing
certain players in the USA team.
The Us Cricket
Open does not require registration of players. So it is a kind of
'open field' for the players. Like a business, this guy, Carl Wright,
is selling his product, his skill, for the highest price he can
get. Hey, he may have had an agreement with the Destroyers, but
then Wright wants to be sure that he make his money beforehand,
rather that taking the chance to get paid, if and when the Destroyers
win the tournament. It looks bad on Wright's part, but as the saying
goes "Money Talks".
you would be willing to impart your administrative skills to some
of the \\\"do nothings\\\' in the NY Region. You are making
things happen. with our guys here, things happen. You have broken
some new grounds with the innovation of the US Cricket Council Cricket
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