Regional 4-day to play in 2 countries
By Cricket360 staff
The Regional four-day West Indies championships will be played in two countries according to president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath.
He Cricket360 that the plan is for the six territories to assemble in one country and play the first two rounds of matches and then go to another country where they will play the final three rounds.
“Cricket West Indies (CWI) is looking to play the four-day tournament in two sections. They want the countries to assemble in one place so that something of a bubble can be created and they will play the first two rounds of matches. They will then fly to another destination where they will play three rounds.”
For 2021 the tournament will be cut in terms of matches, as since the advent of the Professional Cricket League there were 10 rounds of matches played. Each territory had 10 games which gave the players ample time to address the regional selectors. The 2020 tournament had eight rounds as two rounds were lost to the Covid 19 pandemic.
However, in 2021 due to the Covid 19 restrictions, each territory will play five matches each. The 4-day tournament is expected to get underway in April 2021.
Meanwhile, the Super50 which was supposed to be played in November of this year has been shifted to February 2021 and will be played in one territory. According to Bassarath: “The Super50 will be the first regional tournament to come off. It will be played in February and we are looking to have it in one country.” When asked whether it will be played in Trinidad like in 2019 Bassarath said: “I can’t say if it will take place here as the board has to decide the best option available. What I can say is that we are making a bid for it and hopefully given our impressive track record of hosting matches we can have it here.”