WICB sends best wishes to teams and officials

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is sending best wishes to the players and officials participating in the upcoming WICB’s President’s Cup One-Day Tournament to be played in Guyana and is also urging fans to come out and “Catch The Action!”.

In a message on Tuesday, WICB President Dr Julian Hunte, noted that the upcoming tournament is expected to be fast-paced and action-packed and called on everyone involved to give of their best. The 50-over-per-side tournament starts on Wednesday, October 28 and runs until Thursday, November 5 and will feature 15 matches over six match days.

“Over the years we have seen some outstanding performances in the West Indies One-Day Tournament and we expect more brilliant efforts from the players in this year’s edition. … each match will be crucial to the overall outcome, so we know everyone will be keen to do well,” Dr Hunte said.

“Fans will see the best the region has to offer and we expect large crowds to come out and support the matches. The people of Guyana are known for their love of the game and this is another opportunity for them to be involved. The semi-finals and final will be played under lights at the wonderful Guyana National Stadium, so this is an added attraction for spectators.”

Dr Hunte also urged the teams to play hard but fair.

“Cricket is a game of courtesy and fair play and we urge everyone to play in the true spirit of the game. Of course someone has to win and someone has to lose, but at the end, everyone has a role to play as an ambassador for this great game. A major plus is the fact that we have an excellent group of officials from across the region who will be taking charge of the matches, so everyone will be in good hands.”

The West Indies Under-19s are preparing for the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 Tournament to be played in New Zealand in January and they will be participating in the President’s Cup.

Dr Hunte added: “The President’s Cup will give the West Indies Under-19 a good chance to get fully ready for the ICC World Cup. They will have the chance to play together and form a good unit on and off the field, as well as getting much needed preparation for the global tournament in New Zealand. Their involvement is very important as we look at developing the future of West Indies cricket.”

Eight teams will be participating in the Tournament. Zone A includes Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Windward Islands and Combined Campuses and College (CCC), while Zone B is made up of Guyana, Barbados, Leeward Islands and the West Indies Under-19s. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending champions.