St. Lucia Stars no more; new owner sought for franchise

St Lucia Stars have been axed from the Caribbean Premier League, and the franchise will not be participating in CPL 2019 as the Stars. 

On August 7, CPL Limited terminated the participation agreement between it and the Royal Sports Club, LLC, the entity that operated the St Lucia franchise.

While announcing the decision via a media release, the CPL didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind the termination. The release did say that CPL were “in the process of establishing and operating a new franchise to be based in St Lucia that will participate in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League.”

Jay Pandya, the chief executive and owner of Royal Sports Club LLC and Global Sports Ventures based out of Pennsylvania, expressed his disappointment with the CPL’s decision in a statement to ESPNcricinfo.

“We completely disagree with the CPL press release and will be working to address any issues the CPL may have in an appropriate manner and forum,” Pandya said.

ESPNcricinfo understands the franchise had several outstanding payments, which was one of the reasons behind its axing.

The 2019 season is scheduled to begin on September 4.

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga was among the list of overseas players signed on for 2019.

Source ESPNCricInfo