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WIPA Reiterates Call For Two Round First Class Season

Dec. 23rd, 2009
Following the West Indies Cricket Board’s announcement of the schedule for the Regional Four Day Tournament, the West Indies Players Association would like to reiterate its position that the tournament should consist of two rounds, not one.

The first point of the recently announced WIPA Fifteen (15) Point Development Plan for West Indies cricket reads: “The West Indies First Class season should be made up of two rounds of matches with a minimum of twelve ( 12) four (4) day games per year played alongside the International Series.”

“One round is insufficient in this modern era of cricket. We have seen that in recent years,” said WIPA President and CEO Dinanath Ramnarine.

“There are complaints from all quarters about the players playing too much limited overs cricket and there is some validity to that. As such we are adamant that the four day tournament should be two rounds in order to better prepare the players for international test cricket,” Ramnarine added.

WIPA also notes with interest the call by current West Indies Team Manager and WICB director Joel Garner for greater emphasis in preparation before international tours as well as a longer first class season.

Similar calls were made by the newly elected President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) when he expressed his disappointment with the limited number of first class matches carded for next season and suggested that the regional first class season be lengthened two rounds of matches.

While the Memorandum of Understanding between the WICB and WIPA requires that the parties agree to the Regional and International cricket annually, this decision was taken without such an agreement. However, WIPA’s President indicated that he would be willing to meet with the WICB to discuss the matter further rather than activating the dispute resolution process since it would be in the interest of all parties to have agreement on this matter.

A twelve (12) round regional four (4) day competition will not only allow for greater exposure for more regional players but keep players who are close to West Indies team selection in active cricket of a higher standard and match ready for a longer period. The twelve (12) round regional four (4) day tournament will serve the additional purposes of aiding in the preparation of West Indies senior team players, those near selection and identifying potential players for the future.

Furthermore it would give those players who may suffer injury or miss matches early in the season an opportunity to address the selectors and not have to wait another year to do so.

WIPA therefore calls on the WICB to meet as soon as possible to review the proposed schedule and agree a final schedule in the best interest of the development of West Indies cricket.

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