Combermere and Foundation will now be able to select their strongest possible teams to compete in the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) Sagicor General Twenty20 and 50 overs competitions.
This was revealed in a release today from the BCA following a boycott by school teams of last Saturday’s first day of the domestic season, initiated by the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools (BAPPSS). BAPPSS and the BCA came to loggerheads after the former indicated that the BCA’s rules with respect to providing players for the Guardian General Youth team served to significantly weaken their respective squads after they had been promoted last season.
The two had apparently come to a previous compromise on the issue but BAPPSS accused the BCA on reneging on an agreement which would have facilitated the two schools retaining the core strength of their teams.
“The two schools playing in these competitions viz. Christ Church Foundation and Combermere may choose their teams from all of their available players and hence no players from those two schools will be chosen to represent the Guardian General Youth Team in these competitions,” the release stated.
The BCA also stated that the regulation which allowed schools to be represented by a maximum of three masters or members of staff in any one match had been maintained.
“The team to represent the Barbados Youth in the First Division would be selected from players from all schools except Combermere and Foundation. This team would also be selected on Tuesdays and forwarded to the schools at the same time as the Elite team,” the statement indicated.
The BCA said it regretted the failure of the schools to participate in the first two rounds of the 2015 Sagicor General T/20 competition and the other competitions administered by the BCA over the last weekend but eagerly looked forward to the schools participating in all upcoming matches.