The Elite Division, First Division and Second Division cricket competitions held under the auspices of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) have been cancelled for this year. They will be replaced by three Twenty20 competitions.
The 2020 domestic season was scheduled to start in April with the staging of Barbados’ first semi-professional Twenty20 tournament the “Kadooment Cup” which was cancelled after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
After the restrictions on sports were lifted by the Government, the BCA came to the conclusion that Twenty20 cricket was the best format of the game to be played this season. The tournaments, the BCA Twenty20 Cup, BCA Twenty20 Shield and the BCA Plate will be bowledoff on August 15.
Twenty teams will compete in the Twenty20 which is divided into Zone A and B. Two teams representing Barbados Youth are competing in Zone A. Two teams will play under the banner of the UWI in Zone B. Thirty-eight teams from the Intermediate Division will battle for the Twenty20 Shield, and 44 Second Division teams contesting for the Plate. All matches will commence at 1.30 pm.
Director of Cricket at the BCA Steven Leslie stressed that the safety of the players and spectators were paramount, therefore the tournaments would be played under the strictest COVID 19 protocols.
“ The BCA has worked diligently to establish a set of protocols that have been shared with the clubs and schools participating in the tournament. Each club and school will receive a temperature check instrument and hand sanitizer to assist in the process”, Leslie said.
He explained that the protocols would have to be followed by any person who wanted to enter the pavilion or clubhouse
“All individuals who are desirous of accessing the pavilion will be required to be sanitized and have their temperature checked by an official of the club or school. As safety remains our main priority during the season, the BCA will encourage spectators attending the matches to observe the social distancing practices in accordance with the directives outlined by the Ministry of Health officials,” the director of cricket said.
The finals of each competition will be held in a triple-header at Kensington Oval on November 14th.