ST JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – Approximately one million dollars have been spent on hosting of a number of male age group cricket tournaments this year. According to the WICB, the average spend in the three territories, namely Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Vincent and the Grenadines where the age group tournaments were hosted, add up to approximately US$1,000,000.00. This is the estimate for a combined 50 days of cricket across the three competitions.
Additional expenditure from the WICB included payments to all categories of officials who are also part of the organisation of these tournaments.
WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead, thinks this kind of investment “is important for cricket and as many of our territories benefit as much as possible. We see this as a critical part of our partnership with our stakeholders, right across the region.”
It has been just about six months after the West Indies Under-19 team won its first World Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh. All age-group tournaments have ended with the final of the 2016 Regional Under-19 50-over held on Sunday August 21, 2016 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
All of the titles were either won by Trinidad and Tobago (Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 3-Day), and Guyana (Under-19 50-overs).
Approximately 280 players were involved in the mix, and will have to play consistently well in back-to-back seasons to be considered for a final spot on that West Indies 16-man squad, for the 2018 ICC Under-19 World Cricket Championship.
WICB Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, indicated that “apart from the competitions, camps and other sessions will form part of the overall preparation and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is putting all its plans in motion.”
The CEO went on to reiterate the importance of all the regions benefiting from all levels of hosting. “Later on this year, camps will be assembled to have a closer look at players for various team selections,” noted the CEO.