June 6, 2010

Cuba

Cuba opt out of Americas Division Four

Tony Munro

The Cuban cricket team will not be participating in the Americas Division Four tournament due to government interference.

It was scheduled to play in the Americas Division Four tournament in Mexico City from June 12 to 18 but has reportedly been prevented from leaving the country. "Cuba declined the invitation due to travel restrictions by their authorities," ICC Americas Development Manager, Martin Viera, advised CricInfo.

The event will now be contested between Mexico, Falkland Islands and Costa Rica who will all be playing in their first official international tournament.

Cuba were to make an international debut of sorts in the 2008 Stanford 20/20 tournament before an embargo by the US Government blocked their involvement.

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Posted by Alexandria on (June 11, 2010, 0:52 GMT)

Sajjo agreed Cuba is more Caribbean than Guyana is which is not a caribbean island its a South American country If Cuba joined the west Indies Board they would have players playing test cricket why go it alone it doesnt make sense

Posted by Melvin henry on (June 10, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

What a shame. This decision is sure to retard the development of cricket in Cuba, as I have always been looking forward to Cuba getting involved in cricket. I am sure the moral of all those young cricketers will be affected, however my appeal to them is dont give up they will prevail soon.

Posted by sajjo on (June 6, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

this is a shame. being a west indian i would like to see cuba get involved. cuba is the biggest country in the wesy indies, so if cricket could take off there, west indies would have alot of other available players to choose from also

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