The West Indies Cricket Board Super 50-overs tournament will now be played in January instead of playing concurrently with the three-day tournament as it was done this year.
The announcement was made by WICB president Dave Cameron at a press conference during the break of the first ODI between West Indies and Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
“We have decided to move the Super 50 tournament to January since there was a window available. There will no longer be the T20 tournament since it has been replaced by the Caribbean Premier League,” said Cameron.
He also indicated that the tournament will be played in one territory, however, it has not been decided on as yet.
Meanwhile, the WICB has formed a Retired Players Foundation which is expected to see a greater level of involvement from the past players.
“Obviously for all the issues we have had in the past with our retired players and how they feel about West Indies cricket and our fans say we have not used and utilised these players in very beneficial way. With this is mind we are forming the foundation which will be a separate entity from West Indies cricket,” said the WICB president. He indicated that both the WICB and the West Indies Players Association were involved in the process of selecting officials for the foundation.
CEO and president of Supreme Ventures Ltd Jamaica, Brian George is the chairman while members include Barbadian attorney-at-law and cricket commentator Donna Symmonds, president of WIPA Wavell Hinds and Dr. Nigel Camacho of Trinidad and Tobago.
Only recently former Windies captain Clive Lloyd suggested the need for the WICB to utilise the services of more of the past players to help in the game’s development.
“We are the only cricket playing nation that has not fully utilised our past players. We have some of the best players in the past and they are not being involved in the process. If we look at all the other countries, there are a number of former players on every committee but it is different in the West Indies,” said the former Windies manager. (windiescricket)