West Indies news July 21, 2014

Combined Campuses and Colleges excluded from WI first-class

ESPNcricinfo staff

Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), one of the seven teams in the West Indies domestic circuit, have been excluded from the regional four-day competition from the upcoming season, the West Indies Cricket Board announced. The team will continue to be a part of the Nagico Super50 List-A competition.

"The Board approved a recommendation for the WICB First Class Competition to consist of the six premier regional teams - Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands," the WICB release said.

"The Board approved a recommendation for six teams along with the Combined Campuses and Colleges along with other invitational teams to participate in the 2015 edition of the Nagico Super50."

The reduction of teams in the first-class competition was one of the recommendations made in a report presented by Richard Pybus, WICB's director of cricket, in March 2014. The report was based on a comprehensive region-wise study conducted by Pybus between November 2013 and January 2014. He had suggested downsizing the first-class competition to make it more competitive.

CCC were first included for domestic competitions in 2007-08 and made it to the final of the first-class competition in 2011 - their best show. Jason Holder and Chadwick Walton, who have played internationals have represented the team.

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  • Android on July 30, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Is the idea of excluding CCC to rid the WI of any player of academic bent? What will be the new route or exposure for those players who would sieze tge opportunity to study and then pursue a career in cricket? While the franchise approach is good for revenue it is NOT my favoured approach for improving the standard and producing international standard cricketers. Regional teams should try to have reciprocal agreements with other international players to maximise their exposure to different playing conditions e.g. Darren Bravo plays for Warwickshire during the English county seasin in exchange for a Warwickshire player taking part in the WI domestic season, likewise players can take part in India, Aus and SA domestic competitions. The WI domestic competition could comprise their six teams plus two invitational teams each season from India, Pak, Aus, Sri Lanka. It could even include Bangladesh , the Netherlands and Ireland. At worst it could include a combined USA and Canada team.

  • Basil on July 23, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @Rally_Windies, if the CCC boys are good enough they will play for the other 6 teams. The more teams you have, the further the talent spreads, the lower the standard will be, the bigger the jump to Test cricket.

  • Ali on July 23, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    2 steps forward and 1 step back ...

    The CCC has made it to the Finals... They have been consistently in the top 4 ....

    the CCC presents an opportunity for old seasoned players and young up ad coming players who can no longer make their national teams !

    Jason Holder, was once part of the CCC team, and then went on to represent his national team. The same goes for Nelon Pascal...

    The CCC team gives fringe players 1st class experience, which is difficult for National teams to give when they are trying to win.

    Kraig Brathwiate was also once part of the CCC team .....

    This CCC team has played a major role in strengthening WI Test Cricket !

    I don't know what the administrators are thinking !

    Maybe teams like Winwards and Leewards, don't like being embarrassed by the school boys !

  • Basil on July 22, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    It sounds like this will end up replicating Australia's Sheffield Shield comp which is a good idea. Six teams, playing eachother home and away for a total of 10 games each and a one off Test match length final. The reduction off CCC will strengthen the other teams and therefore raise the standard. What may need to happen is players move teams where suited to get the best 66 players playing every round. For example there's no point having the 2nd best wicketkeeper in the region not playing because he's in the same team as the no1 while another team has a below par guy behind the stumps, if you get my drift.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    i thought CCC was a nice idea.. just like Impi was introduced in South Africa domestic a year or so ago.. Giving fringe players exposure to competitive cricket was an osm opportunity for them to grow!!.... I loved West Indies cricket 2-3 years ago.. as they invited teams like Canada, Netherlands, and even teams from England (who were excluded frm CLT20).. but now just like Australia they scrapped one the fav T20 Competitions Carribbean T20 for CPL which has no foreign teams (whih was unique earlier).. Also, WI invited Ireland this year.. Would luv them to Invite them agai next year.!!! Come on.. ASSOciated and such players don't get to play much competitive cricket..!!!! listen to ur fans.!!