T&T to host Super50 for three years
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago will host the Regional Super50 Cricket Tournament for the next three years, according to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
The regional body awarded Trinidad & Tobago the 2014 to 2016 tournament after the government, through the Ministry of Tourism, gave a commitment to provide support in the hosting of the limited overs series.
The tournament will feature eight teams and will be televised live throughout the Caribbean.
The 2014 edition of the tournament will be played from January 30 to February 16 in Trinidad and Tobago, with two matches to be played in Tobago. All the other matches will be day/night matches.
President of the WICB Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron said he was delighted to have the critical support of the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
"We are delighted and thankful to have the commitment of the government of Trinidad and Tobago for the Regional Super50. This partnership forms a template for future collaboration with governments and corporate Caribbean for sponsorship to the mutual benefit of both parties," said Cameron.
"This is very significant as it demonstrates two things: (i) that the Super50 is an attractive product and (ii) that there is growing confidence in West Indies cricket and the WICB in the way we are managing the game," Cameron explained.
"It is massively exciting that all matches will be televised and fans will be able to follow the action in real time across the region," he said.
"The other important component is that this partnership will certainly help to strengthen our regional 50-over cricket and we expect that that will redound to the benefit of the West Indies One-Day International team."
There will be free movement of players within the region and the WICB is exploring the possibility of having international players being integrated into the teams.