Canada, US, Windies B entrance to Super50 welcome - Grave

By Sports Desk September 29, 2018

Canada and the United States are set to take part in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Cup when the tournament bowls off next Wednesday in Trinidad with defending champions, the Windward Volcanoes, taking on the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval.   

Just over two weeks since the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Final, the Super50 Cup now occupies an October (November from 2019 onwards) window to allow continuity of white-ball cricket as the WINDIES build toward the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Forty-two matches will be played before the Final on Sunday, October 28 at the Kensington Oval, Barbados as the tournament hosts the region’s biggest cricket rivalries over an action-packed 26 days

The six Franchises will once again be joined by the Combined Campuses and College (CCC) Marooners and the USA, with Canada and WINDIES B completing the ten teams.  Matches will be played in Trinidad and Barbados, with the Brian Lara Academy, Queen’s Park Oval, Kensington Oval, 3Ws and Windward the confirmed venues.

With the WINDIES now qualified for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the region’s best 50-over players, that aren’t touring India with the Test team will be looking to impress the selectors and force their way into the WINDIES ODI squad.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO, Johnny Grave said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Super50 Cup and are delighted that both Canada and the USA are able to participate for the first time. Over the past year we have invested heavily in providing additional opportunities for our best young cricketers, through an expanded A team programme, and the WINDIES B development team that played in Cricket Canada’s Global T20 and Summerfest tournaments, and it’s great that the WINDIES B team get another opportunity to play competitive cricket.”

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