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Muirhead sees bright future for Super50 tourney

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 1:00 AM
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Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force squad pose with the winning trophy after they defeated Barbados Pride in last weekend’s final of the NAGICO Super50 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval.
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ST JOHN'S, Antigua:

West Indies Cricket Board's chief executive officer Michael Muirhead is optimistic about what the Super50 tournament can achieve in a few years.

Muirhead made his comments following a successful end to the West Indies Cricket Board's flagship regional one-day international tournament - the NAGICO Super50. The tournament, which ended on Saturday in Trinidad and Tobago, saw the defending champions, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, take the title.

In a release yesterday from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Muirhead said that he was delighted with the opportunities the tournament presented and indicated that in future years, "there is a direct opportunity for corporate partners to align themselves with the WICB".

POSITIVES

The tournament, which has been held under the NAGICO banner for the past three years, has had a number of positives, and Muirhead said, "We are hoping to improve on some of the issues we encountered."

He highlighted the performances of the players:

- Darren Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Force) who was the top scorer with 274 runs.

- Suliemann Benn (Barbados Pride), the leading wicket-taker, with 15 wickets. Four others took 14 wickets - Jon-Russ Jaggesar (TT Red Force), Damion Jacobs (Jamaica Scorpions), Delorn Johnson (Windward Island Volcanoes), and Veerasammy Permaul (Guyana Jaguars).

- Three of the existing franchises had at least three players making debuts: Jaguars - Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd and Kevon Boodie; Scorpions - Brandon King, Aldane Thomas, and Jermaine Harrison; Pride - Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, and Dane Currency.

- The invited ICC Americas gave an overall credible performance. They had two games where they scored over 200 runs and some of their other games were lost in close encounters.

"The potential for this tournament is tremendous, and in keeping with the board's policy on selection, this pool of players will form the platform from which the West Indies ODI final team is selected for international home, and away series," said Muirhead.

The ODI Tri-Nation series featuring South Africa, Australia and the West Indies will be held in June this year and the "best available eligible players will be selected."

The CEO was adamant that the ninth-place ranking in World ODI was not something he wants on the record for much longer and said that he hoped for gradual improvement over the short to medium term.

The four-day regional Professional Cricket League resumes on Thursday, February 11, after which the men's and women's teams will participate in the ICC World T20 in India. The men's team is expected to be announced shortly.