Easter weekend will be filled with cricketing excitement when the Carib Munroe Road Super Sixes Tournament bowls off on March 29, Good Friday at Munroe Road Recreation Ground.
Munroe Road have revived the tournament, which began in 2003, with the help of the title sponsor, while Red Bull is also supporting the competition.
Premier Division side Alescon Comets were the first champions of the tournament that is open to any team, and which will bowl off with the last winners, Preysal playing unconfirmed opponents. Full fixtures are expected to be completed today.
President of Munroe Road Cricket Club, former Minister of Sport Manohar Ramsaran said the tournament is an important one, and hopes it will become an annual fixture on the local cricket calendar.
“I see a role for sixes in Trinidad and Tobago,” Ramsaran told the media at yesterday’s launch of the event at Carib Brewery in Champs Fleurs.
“T20 is here to stay, and with this shorter version of the game, it will encourage our batsmen and bowlers to try to overcome each other in this aspect. There will hardly be a dot ball, so there will be entertainment from ball one to the final ball.”
Winners of the four-day event will go home with the $30,000 first prize and trophy, while $15,000 is the runners-up prize. Third place and fourth place finishers will take home $6,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Ramsaran said that with all the talk of crime “hotspots” in the country, communities not considered hotspots should also benefit from “goodies”.
“We don’t want to get the title of ‘hotspot’ before we do something good for (the) Munroe Road (community),” he stated. Ramsaran also thanked T&TEC and Minister of Public Utilities Nizam Baksh for their assistance in providing lights for the tournament.
According to the club’s marketing director David Ramsingh, 24 teams will compete in the tournament, and two have already been confirmed, plus another from the US.
Eight groups of three teams each will play for a spot in the round of 16, with one team from each group eliminated before the round of 16 is played.
T&T’s top players will miss the tournament, though, with players such as Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo headed to the IPL soon, and T&T’s cricket teams travelling to Jamaica for the Regional Four-Day and Super 50 tournaments.
Although it is an open tournament, Munroe Road Cricket Club have decline to compete in the event, which Ramsaran said is for the cricket community and not for the benefit of the club itself.