Guyana Softball Cricket League launches ‘Republic Cup’ T20 tournament
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Sixteen of Guyana’s premier softball cricket teams will come together for the inaugural Guyana Softball Cricket League (GSCL) ‘Republic Cup’ T20 Tournament; a one-of-a-kind tournament that bowls off tomorrow.
Matches will be played simultaneously at the Everest and Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) grounds as well as the Police and GNIC Sports Club ground. “This is something I believe can grow into an international event and I challenge the GSCL, to make this happen. Softball cricket is a big sport and it easy to gather a team together and I hope the GSCL can turn this into something that brings some of the top teams from overseas,” said Director of Sport Neil Kumar.
The National Sports Commission (NSC) of which Kumar is the head is partnering with the GSCL to host this tournament and according to Kumar, the Sports Commission is prepared to help and to ensure that the competition reaches an international stage.
“You just have to get the right timing,” Kumar told the gathering of teams and officials at the tournament’s launch at the GNIC ground on Woodford Avenue yesterday. He also said, “I believe that this can grow into something massive. I told them that the National Sports Commission is always open and ready to help them.”
The tournament will be played in two categories; Open and Over-40.
$600 000 will be awarded to the winners of the Open category and $200 000 to the runners-up while in the Over-40 category, $500 000 will go to the winners and $200 000 to the second-place team.