The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League’s franchises are feeling the pinch to become viable entities in the near future.
The Board promised to provide US$45,000 per month to each franchise to pay players and to prepare the teams. However, that arrangement was never permanent though.
And now the competition, now in its second year, has not been able to generate self-sufficient franchises. The franchises were to find sponsors during the first season and if that wasn’t forthcoming, the WICB would need to find an overarching sponsor for the league.
According to Barbados Pride chairman, Conde Riley, the business environment worldwide has meant the PCL franchises have not been able to make the kind of headway they want in terms of sponsorship. Riley believes though, that despite the economy, the WICB needed to be more innovative in its search for an overarching sponsorship.