WindiesCricket.com sat down with WICB CEO Dr. Ernest Hilaire for a frank and exclusive interview on Caribbean Twenty20 2011 which will be played from January 10th to the 23rd in Antigua and Barbados. Following is a complete transcript of the interview.
WindiesCricket.com: Dr. Hilaire the Caribbean T20 2011 is a few short weeks away, what are the projections for this marquee tournament?
Toronto, Canada – Canada have named an experienced team for next year’s West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 Tournament. The side will be led by inspirational wicket-keeper/batsman Ashish Bagai, who is making a comeback. The tournament will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua and Kensington Oval in Barbados from Monday, January 10 to Sunday January 23
London, England – English international players Ravi Bopara, Steve Finn and Craig Kieswetter have been named by the ECB on a strong England Lions squad to participate in the WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament which will be played in the Caribbean from February 4th to April 11th.
Jamaican born pacer Maurice Chambers is also in the squad which includes Adil Rashid and is captained by James Hildreth.
Bridgetown, Barbados – Allrounder Carlos Brathwaite is the only newcomer in the Barbados squad for the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament. The 22-year-old six-footer, who is an opening batsman and medium-pacer, has been rewarded for consistent performance for Banks in the Division 1 tournament. He will join his cousin Jonathan Carter in the squad.