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SRI Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is ready to set the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T/20 Tournament alight as he and his Jamaica Tallawahs teammates had their final preparation yesterday.

The team is expected to leave the island today en route to Guyana, for their first match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the inaugural LCPL tournament in the Caribbean.

Nikita Miller (left) of Jamaica Tallawahs in discussion with two of the team’s sponsors, Kathryn Silvera (centre) of Foska Oats, and Erick Barclay of Facey Commodity at a press briefing yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

"We have a mix of young and senior players and we have a good chance because T/20 as we all know is about expressing yourself on the day," said Muralitharan, at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel yesterday.
Muralitharan, one of four international franchise players on the Jamaican team, believes the slow wicket in Guyana will be to his liking.

"Spin will play a big part in this series. We have a good spin attack with Nikita Miller and Chris Gayle, unless the wickets will be flat. But other teams have good spin bowlers as well," noted Muralitharan, who has over 800 Test wickets and 534 One-Day International wickets.

The Tallawahs team also has two South Africans in Jacques Rudolph and the exciting all-rounder Vernon Philander alongside Ahmad Shahzad of Pakistan.

The Jamaican team will be captained by Chris Gayle and includes Andre Russell, Andrew Richardson, Danza Hyatt, Carlton Baugh, Nikita Miller, Chadrick Walton, Jermaine Blackwood, Dave Bernard Jnr, Akeem Dewar and Nkrumah Bonner.

Englishman Paul Nixon will coach the Tallawahs with Junior Bennett his assistant.

Some of the biggest stars in international cricket, including Australian Ricky Ponting (Antigua Hawksbill), Bangladeshi Shakib al Hasan (Barbados Trident), New Zealand's Ross Taylor, Shaoib Malik, Umar Akmal (Barbados Trident) and Mohammed Hafeez of Pakistan are among 90 players contracted to play in the league, with each franchise team comprising 15 players.

The other competing teams are Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and St Lucia Zouks.

The Tallawahs were treated to brunch yesterday by sponsors Pegasus Hotel, Facey Commodity (XOX), Wray and Nephew, and Chase Ramson through its brand Foska Oats before departing for a practice match at Sabina Park against a select team.

Kathryn Silvera, Foska Oats' advertising and marketing manager, said her organisation was excited to be involved with the Jamaican team.

"This is a perfect partnership as Foska Oats, manufactured here in Jamaica by Caribbean Foods Limited since 1966, has been supporting the development of sports in Jamaica for close to 50 years," said Silvera.

"It can be argued that T/20 cricket has raised the bar in terms of fitness level. Strength, speed, agility and reaction time are now necessary from all players on the team. In this Foska Oats is a natural fit, with our carbohydrate content, vitamins and minerals, Foska Oats has what it takes to fuel the high energy needs of the Jamaica Tallawahs," she noted.

Meanwhile, Nicola Madden-Greig, Jamaica Pegasus' Group director of marketing and sales, said the promotion of the city of Kingston as a premiere destination for sports, culture and entertainment is the main mandate of the hotel association, and the Jamaica Pegasus fully stands behind this premise.

"Jamaica Pegasus Hotel is a Jamaican icon and has long been synonymous with cricket. It has been the cricket home for the West Indies team for numerous years and has hosted many other local, regional and international teams and cricket-related events," she noted.

"It was no effort therefore on our path to get involved with this pioneering effort to bring to fruition the Caribbean Premier League. It is a bold step in cementing the continued growth and development of the sport and coming on as an official sponsor for the Jamaica Tallawahs was an easy decision," Madden-Greig added.

Erick Barclay, Facey Telecom, development director said XOX is a new international mobile brand, that will bring modern, high tech and affordable mobile service to the local market with the emphasis on smartphones and tablets.

"The Caribbean Premier League promises to provide a thrilling spectacle of cricket throughout the region. This sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity for XOX to promote its arrival in the market and we look forward to a successful tournament over the coming weeks," said Barclay.

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