By Rajiv Bisnauth
SET to play in a biosecurity environment, West Indies Cricket (CWI) will host its first domestic tournament since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic next month in Antigua.
Last year, CWI failed to host the tournament after being forced to abort the last two rounds of the first-class championship, and then scrapping all its international home series scheduled due to COVID-19. The much-delayed tournament will be played without its usual brilliance and glamor, but is expected to be a welcome relief for the regional cricket fans during the coronavirus pandemic. All six teams will be in harsh, biosafety ‘bubbles’ when landing in Antigua. A biosafety or bio-bubble environment is designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, while at the same time designed to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus from one person to another during an ongoing tournament or series bilateral.
However, at just 21, Kevin Sinclair is emerging as a young, out-spinning young player, who will be part of the Super50 tournament for the second time.
Sinclair got his first crack at senior regional cricket last November when CWI assembled the West Indies New Players squad to compete in the Super50 Regional competition.
With all to play for and nothing to lose, the Emerging Players went on a dream, leading to a massive 205 run victory over Leeward Island Hurricanes in the day / night final at Queen’s Park Oval , Trinidad.
Sinclair was outstanding, making 28 off 33 balls, then claiming 4-20 as New Players defending 293 expertly to lift the title.
However, the West Indies New Players will not defend their title, and Sinclair has forced his way into the Guyana Jaguars ’15-man squad, as the Jaguars’ youngest member this season.
Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport yesterday, the Rose Hall Youth and Sports Club player admitted that while the biosecurity environment is probably going to be the toughest challenge we face, personal performance throughout the tournament is still his priority.
“I’m excited to come over there and play cricket in what will be a new challenge. But the off-field stuff is another kind of challenge. Bubble life is probably going to be the hardest challenge we face out there, ”he said.
Sinclair further emphasized, “I want to make a mark … I want to perform in all areas once I get the chance.”
Further, players and officials will be tested in their respective home territories before traveling to Antigua where they will be tested again, before being placed in a biosafety bubble.
Following a four-day quarantine players will receive training while remaining in their team bubble.
Six franchises will play 19 robin-style games at Coolidge and Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
Pride of Barbados, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force are the other four sides battling for the Clive Lloyd Trophy.
The staging of the Super50 Cup is expected to be the precursor to a packed international home series that will see the likes of Sri Lanka, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa touring in the coming months.