WICB’s Director to change Super 50 Format

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[www.inewsguyana.com]West Indies Cricket Board’s new Director of cricket Richard Pybus will be looking to change the format of the regional super 50 tournament from next year.

Pybus believes that the format is ‘not ideal’ for the region and hopes that he will get it changed.

The former Pakistan Coach said, “This cannot be ideal in terms of the development of West Indies one-day players, and is something we will have to look into.”

The tournament bowls off next Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago and will see the six traditional regional teams in action. It will also include the team Ireland and the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) battling it out over the course of a two-week period.

This is in contrast to last season where the teams, excluding Ireland, faced each other over a five-month period when the tournament was twinned with the regional four-dayers.

Richard Pybus
Richard Pybus

He said that it is too late to change the 2014 edition of the tournament.

“Two and a half weeks could be considered a bit too short, as what we will have this season is some teams playing only three matches,” the former Bangladesh coach said.

The tournament, which was won last season by the Darren Sammy-led Windward Islands, will see the eight participating teams being sub-dived into two zones of four.

The teams are set to play each other in the preliminaries in a round-robin format, following which the winners and runners-up will advance to the semi-finals.

The final, to be at Queen’s Park Oval, will be held on February 15, with February 16 earmarked a reserve day in case of rain. The other venue that will be used throughout will be Shaw Park in Tobago.

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