With stringent quarantine restrictions currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket West Indies (CWI) was forced to reduce the number of teams for this year’s Super50 Regional tournament.
The 47th edition of the tournament will return to just the six participating regional franchises, which would mean defense champions, the West Indies New Players, along with Canada, USA and the Colleges and Campuses Combined miss out. This will means that the six leading franchises – Jamaican Scorpions, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Guyana Jaguars, Pride of Barbados, Hurricanes of Leeward Island, and Windward Island Volcanoes – are the only teams taking part this year.
The drop in the teams competing in the tournament also means a change to the tournament scheduling.
Last season, the teams were split into two groups; the reduction of games now means that the tournament will be played over one round with each team playing five games.
Last year, the tournament was played at four venues in two countries – Trinidad’s Queen Oval Park and Brian Lara Academy, and Conaree Sports Club and Warner Park in St Kitts – hosting all the games.
However, this year, the tournament will be played in Antigua and Barbuda from February 7 to February 27.
The games will be announced soon by India Cricket West (CWI). (Rajiv Bisnauth)