The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) wants to see the region’s best players playing in their regional tournaments, thus making themselves eligible for selection to the West Indies cricket team.
That is according to the WICB’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead, who believes their participation would help to prepare those players for “producing at the highest level.”
The WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) is now on a break and the 3rd NAGICO Super50 is scheduled to bowl off on January 7, 2016.
And with several tours slated for the upcoming year, Muirhead wants the ‘best of the best’ to compete.
“There is an opportunity to have the best players compete for regional supremacy in the upcoming events.
“The Board has looked at its tournament schedule and has placed each tournament at a time that allows our international players to participate in other competitions overseas,” he said in a press release.
“We however value our competitions and we think the fans would want to see our best players compete against each other.”
Additionally, the CEO pointed out that “in the upcoming year, there are a number of tours in and out of the region and with that amount of cricket added, along with the phased roll out of the high performance program, the players will have a chance at better preparing themselves for producing at the highest level.”
Among the events slated for next year are the NAGICO Super 50 (January 7-24), the second round of the PCL Regional 4-Day (February 11-March 18), World T20 (March – April in India), the International Home Series (June – August) and the Caribbean Premier League (July-August).
Muirhead also noted that the WICB will confirm any additional international tours for the 2016 period, but pointed out that in rebuilding our program “we are keen on offering enough playing opportunities at home and abroad.”