ST JOHN’S – The West Indies Cricket Board last night announced that Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia had won the rights to host the fourth edition of its flagship regional tournament – the Caribbean Twenty20 Championship.
Trinidad and Tobago will host the first part of the preliminary round at the Queen’s Park Oval while Beausejour Cricket Ground will be the venue for the second part of the preliminary round, the playoffs and the final, as Trinidad’s bid being specifically for the preliminary round of the premier regional tournament scheduled to be hosted January 6-21, 2013.
The WICB International Fixtures Committee reviewed and assessed the four bids received and Trinidad and Tobago who previously hosted the latter preliminary stage, semifinals and final of the inaugural Caribbean T20 in 2010 and St Lucia were given the nod ahead of Barbados and Antigua.
This will be the first time the Caribbean T20 will be played in St Lucia, while Barbados had previously hosted every Caribbean T20 tournament thus far and Antigua hosted the tournament in 2011 and 2012.
Trinidad and Tobago had originally won the bid to host in 2012 but the tournament was moved to Antigua after scheduling conflicts arose.
The criteria for assessing bids are as follows: Cost of hosting matches; contributions of the host to the event; potential revenue opportunities; strength of commitment; record of honouring commitments; quality of event management during WICB tournaments; venue readiness; rotation of host venues; weather conditions at time of hosting; venues had to have lights to qualify for the bidding process.