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WICB unveils domestic T20 tournament

Cricinfo staff

June 10, 2010

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T&T players launch themselves on Kieron Pollard after their four-wicket win, New South Wales v Trinidad & Tobago, Champions League Twenty20, League A, Hyderabad, October 16, 2009
Trinidad & Tobago were the West Indian representatives at the Champions League Twenty20 last year © Global Cricket Ventures-BCCI
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The West Indies Cricket Board has introduced a Twenty20 tournament to the region's domestic calendar. The tournament, which will host seven domestic teams and one overseas team, is set to become a regular fixture and will be hosted by Barbados and Trinidad this year. Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire, had sponsored the first domestic Twenty20 tournament to be held in the region in 2008. But his association with West Indies cricket ended when he was charged with fraud in February 2009 and arrested in June in the United States the same year.

Barbados, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands will contest the tournament, together with an international team that's yet to be announced. The leading regional team will be the sole representative from the West Indies in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa in September this year. Last year Trinidad and Tobago, the winners of the Stanford 20/20 qualified for the inaugural Champions League, hosted by India, and finished runners-up.

"This is a very exciting time for cricket in the West Indies," Ernest Hilaire, CEO of the WICB said. "We just staged the hugely successful ICC World T20 Tournament and now we have the inaugural Caribbean T20 tournament. We expect to see superb action on the field, from the region's best players, and great excitement off the field, from the lovely Caribbean people in the stands. Cricket fans all across the world have fallen in love with Twenty20 cricket and we know they will be thrilled with what they see during the Caribbean T20," he said.

The eight teams in the field will be split into two groups of four, with each team playing three games in the league stage, and the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals will advance to final, while the losing semi-finalists play a third-place play-off. Barbados will host the first eight games from July 22 to 25, while the next eight will be held in Trinidad from July 28 to 31. August 1 is the reserve day for the final.

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Posted by convertorboy on (June 14, 2010, 18:08 GMT)

@ Metman Read degiant's comment and tell me that's not anti-Trinidadian. Ganga's name will come up as another choice for captain especially since WI cricket is in the dumps. Negative and biased attitudes have caused many talented cricketers to be overlooked or dropped. The best team at the end of the competition be it T&T, Barbados or whoever will represent the entire West Indies and it's my opinion WI cricket fans should support them.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

htTheWICBC have once again botched a great apportunity to showcase and subject our cricketers to a lot of T20 cricket.Instead of two groups of four,they should let all eight teams play each other once on a league basis.With two matches per day,this is straight forward.The top four teams would then go on to the semi-finals,where top would play fourth and 2'nd play third.THIS way,each team would play a minimum of seven matches;not just three as will happen underWICBC plan.This way, the players will get well needed experience as well as earnings that WICBC can ill afford.Consider this plan for next year WICBC.

Posted by Metman on (June 13, 2010, 0:51 GMT)

TT won the last competition,because the had the better preparation.We are not against TT winning.We are against people like you,who are constantly calling for a has been like ganga to lead the WI.like he is some kind of magician.This TT team has the determination like Barbados had during the Shell Shield days and beyond,but they will never reach the heights that Barbados achieved during those glory days.The upcoming T20 is an open affair.The only teams that dont stand a chance are the Leewards,the Combined Campus and Colleges,and the International team.

Posted by greeny69 on (June 12, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

I read on cricket europe site that the overseas team is canada

Posted by JarrodPotter on (June 11, 2010, 14:03 GMT)

I think that the WICB needs to act more like a regional leader of the Americas and grant access to the Canada and US teams to their tournaments in a similar way to how the ECB has Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands teams in their structure. If these foot-ups aren't given, then there's no chance of progression for these Associate sides.

Posted by LourensGrobbelaar on (June 11, 2010, 8:53 GMT)

Guys, the way the Champions League is working at the moment the best three teams in the competition will go through to the League final in South Africa. That is why Royal Challengers Bangalore was so glad to finish 3rd in IPL. It secured them a spot in December. So don't worry, there will be at least to WI teams in the CL. Also, I doubt one of the smaller nations would pull it of at the moment.

T20 can also be what Wi-cricket needs to fill its coffers so it can in future retain more players for cricket rather than other more lucrative sports. I hope so, even as a South African supporter.

Posted by hermithead on (June 11, 2010, 8:18 GMT)

I'm a huge proponent of the Twenty20 format and think the Champions League is a fantastic concept my only criticism is with the qualification process. How can you label a team a "champion" from a 10 day tournmament when other domestic teams have to compete in a home and away schedule for at least four weeks?!?! There is no substance to the T20 tournaments of the WICB, Sri Lanka (and Pakistan and Bangladesh if eligible) Its as if they have whipped up a competition purely for the Champions League invite and dollars on offer which no doubt they have.

Posted by convertorboy on (June 11, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

If the overseas team wins then obviously the the losing finalist will be the WI representative. @ degiant your statement idealizes an undesirable part of WI cricket. The best players should be chosen, the best team should be chosen. Daren achieved a lot for T&T and the West indies as a whole. The West Indies needs fans who are supportive and constructive, not biased and destructive.

Posted by shamicmat on (June 11, 2010, 1:33 GMT)

i am loving this, if the overseas team win that will only make it more interesting. the world has only seen T&T team, the the west indies have much more to offer. they are many more talented players in the windies. I am sure that this will be very entertaining. they wouldn't pick a test playing team to compete, hope the pick afghan or USA!!!!!!!

Posted by emmwill on (June 11, 2010, 0:37 GMT)

Looking forward to this competition. Am just concerned, like so many others in this forum, about the inclusion of an international team. I think I understand the rationale, but the WICB needs to clarify what would happen in the worse case scenario- the international team wins the competition. It would be rather embarrassing. I guess they might say that the Caribbean team that is a part of such a final would represent the West Indies. Well, at least, I hope so.

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