‘Ambi’ predicts competitive Masters T20
Former West Indies and national fast bowler, Curtly Ambrose, predicts that the third annual installment of the Antigua & Barbuda Masters International Twenty20 cricket tournament will be a fun-filled but competitive one.
Ambrose, while promoting the November 14 to 18 tournament on the morning sports show Good Morning Jojo on Friday, said the main aim of the competition is to provide entertainment for both players and spectators alike while giving today’s generation of players and enthusiasts an opportunity to see renowned past players in action.
The competitive nature, according to the towering Antiguan, has grown significantly over the last three years.
“It’s not like the World T20 where you have all these rules and regulations. Even though guys are competing to win and want to win, we are relaxing the rules a little bit so at least we could have some fun along the way,” Ambrose said.
“I can tell you one thing, the guys who are competing, compete hard and you would believe it’s a World T20 because everybody wants to win; so it’s really fun but we play some good quality cricket as well.”
Two new teams will take part in this year’s competition. The first timers are Wadadli out of New York and the Central Trinidad Touring Team.
Defending champions New York Masters, Antigua Masters, Veterans out of St Croix, New Jersey Masters and Barbados Masters complete the list of participating teams.
Tracy Guerrero, one of the tournament’s organisers, explained also that for two days, on November 12 and 13, the visiting former players will have an opportunity to work with some of the country’s young and upcoming talents.
“In the afternoons we do some coaching sessions up at the stadium. Hamish Anthony and a couple of the other West Indies cricket stars will be working with our local coaches and giving the kids some pointers and some sessions out there. We did it last year as well, and it was a great success and the kids really enjoyed it,” Guerrero said.
“The coaches give them some information in advance, tell them who the players are, and then obviously they also get the opportunity to ask the players before they ask on the coaching sessions.”
Guerrero also thanked a number of businesses for contributing towards making this year’s tournament a success.
“We’ve had great support from the local hotels like the Rex Halcyon, Trade Winds, Jolly Beach, the Anchorage Inn. (They) have all put together packages for the players and then we have also got some packages that have been put together for visitors who are coming in,” she said.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our sponsors. The event is in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and they have been brilliant with helping us out for the last couple of years with the festival; and then we have Goddard Catering, Wadadli Cats, Special Security Services, NSA Medical, Infanet Studios, Virgin Holiday, LIAT, Cool & Smooth, Quinn Farara, Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB), the Tourism Authority and Shirley Heights,” Guerrero added.
Other sponsors and contributors include Antiguanice.com, Karib Cable, Vybz FM, 365 Antigua, OBSERVER Media Group, ABS Radio/TV, Nice FM, Caribbean Super Station, Digicel, Antigua & Barbuda Royal Police Force, LMR Signs, WICB, ABCA, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office.