West Indies news October 20, 2011

Netherlands, Sussex to play Caribbean T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands and Sussex will feature in the 2011-12 Caribbean T20, while Canada will play in the tournament for a third consecutive year. Hampshire and Somerset, who played in the last edition, will not take part this time, with Netherlands and Sussex replacing them to make up three foreign teams that will compete with the seven Caribbean teams.

The tournament will be played from January 9-22, 2012, and Trinidad will replace Antigua as the second venue for matches, while Barbados retains its status as a host for games.

Netherlands will take part in the 2012 World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in March next year, and their CEO Richard Cox said the Caribbean T20 would be a good way to prepare for international cricket. "Undoubtedly this is another significant move in our preparation for the international playing programme," he said. "I know the players will love the opportunity of playing against the likes of Trinidad & Tobago who have featured so well in the Champions League Twenty20 in India."

Sussex were quarter-finalists in the 2011 Friends Life t20, and their chief executive Dave Brooks said the Caribbean T20 would be a chance for their players to perform in different conditions and would also be a chance to test young players.

In last year's edition, Hampshire reached the semi-final, while the other two foreign teams, Somerset and Canada, finished third and fourth in their respective groups.

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  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @exuma - From a cricketing viewpoint of improving WI cricket, I would have to agree with you regarding the USA. However, for that same reason I feel it would be beneficial for the US to participate, if only to gain the experience of organising with regards to their cricket. let's face it, the US are not likely to want to be the whipping boys for too long (their ego won't stand for it) and in time, like with their football you would see a more professional approach from them. What it would mean to the WI region and whether players would them migrate there, would depend much on how the WICB manage the WI legacy. Make it shine and the tradition will do the rest. make it an embarassment (as some may feel it is now) and the rest will be history. Just like the IPL we need to support cricket withing OUR region, so Bermuda would have an automatic spot for me.

  • Robin on October 23, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Remember its the same as last year, if a non caribbean side win, then the highest ranking WI team goes to the CLT. Good to see the WICB continuing with teams from out of the region to raise the standard of cricket in the WI. Canada deserves its place, they have a good, organized domestic league. On the other hand the US cricked is in shambles, too many factions fighting and they have a team of "has-been/rejects" from other countries, they cannot contribute anything positive to WI cricket. EXUMA

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Canada is an integral part of the CT20. We have been there from the beginning of the CT20 and are proud to participate on an ongoing basis.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    where is U.S. and Canada ? this is not fair

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Glad to see the Netherlands and Canada getting all the experience they can.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    so what if nethrlands win the CT20? can they play in CLT?

  • Gregory on October 20, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    This is fantastic! Glad the Dutch boys can get more legitimate playing time in!

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