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CCC get Super50 ‘bligh’

WICB gets sponsor for tournament

 The pleas of the cricketers who represent Combined Colleges and Campuses have not fallen on deaf ears. The West Indies Cricket Board will allow them to play in the Regional Super50 competition next month.

This was one of several decisions taken by the WICB’s board of directors in St Kitts on Saturday.

In its press release yesterday, the regional body said the team of university players, which has been involved in regional competition since 2007, has been given “a special invitation” to participate in the Super50, which next year, will also include the ICC team, Ireland, coached by former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies player, Phil Simmons. The release did not state the reason for the invitation, or whether the CCC would be retained for the Regional Four-Day competition.

The Express understands that an additional overseas team had originally been scheduled to participate in the tournament. CCC and Ireland will join the traditional territories Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands in the battle for the Clive Lloyd trophy.

The decision to include the CCC came after objections both from the players and their representative body, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

Following WICB CEO Michael Muirhead’s comment to this newspaper last month that the CCC could be removed for “commercial reasons,” WIPA, through its own CEO Michael Hall responded, saying: “We applaud any effort by the WICB to generate additional revenues, especially as we look toward negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, which could very well feature the  establishment of a player payment pool — which would be funded by an agreed percentage of the WICB’s revenues. But the search for revenues cannot be at the expense of ‘jobs’ for our own regional players. WIPA believes in the concept of a CCC team; we were fully supportive of it when it was introduced, and remain so now.”   

At their own press conference, CCC captain Kyle Corbin told the WICB: “We are the icons for a new generation of young players. We do not wish to see our hopes dashed. We urge your positive consideration.”

Also concerning the Super50, the Board release also said that it had secured a major sponsor for the tournament, but did not give the name. “Full details to be announced subsequently following contractual formalities,” the release said.

The Board has also approved a decision to play seven day/night matches in next year’s four-day tournament.

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