ICC Americas team to play in WICB U-19 tourney
ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- An ICC Americas under 20 side is to participate in the West Indies Cricket Board Under 19 Tournament scheduled to begin in Barbados next Monday.
The ICC under 20 team will join sides from the six WICB territories- Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands.
The WICB has been working with the Americas Cricket Association to assist the development of the sport on the continent and teams have been competing in a biannual tournament since 2001.
“We are delighted to welcome a team from the ICC Americas, as the WICB continues efforts to assist with the development of the game in the ICC Americas region,” said WICB Project Officer Rawl Lewis.
“This tournament continues to be a vital link to the development of elite players for the region and it is part of the WICB development programme which seeks to ensure that players have a meaningful competition at every stage of development,” added Lewis, the former West Indies right arm off spinner.
The WICB under 19 championships consist of a three-day competition from July 28 to August 16 and a 50 overs-aside from August 19th to the 29th.
The ICC Americas under 20 cricketers will only compete in the 50 overs-a-side competition.
Jamaica start their defence of the three-day title against traditional rivals Trinidad & Tobago in the opening round, which also features hosts Barbados against Windward Islands at Queen’s Park, and Guyana against Leeward Islands at Bayfield.
Hosts Barbados will start their defence of the one-day competition against ICC Americas at Queen’s Park, Jamaica tackle Guyana at Bayfield, and Trinidad & Tobago meet Leeward’s at Friendship.