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SDC plans Community T20 for March

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:10 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Johnson Mountain batsman Jair Campbell (right) steadies himself for a shot while Gayle wicketkeeper Anthony Walters looks on during their Social Development Commission Wray & Nephew Community Twenty20 Cricket competition at the Ultimate Cricket Oval in St
Johnson Mountain batsman Jair Campbell (right) steadies himself for a shot while Gayle wicketkeeper Anthony Walters looks on during their Social Development Commission Wray & Nephew Community Twenty20 Cricket competition at the Ultimate Cricket Oval in St Ann on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
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After the postponement of competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, organisers of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Community Twenty20 Cricket competition said it would be back to its usual start next year.

Executive Director Dwayne Vernon said that despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the SDC has been putting plans in place to ensure that the competition starts as usual in March.

“Next year, we are going to be starting at our usual time, so we will be having the rallies between March and April, so by May, the full competition will begin,” he said. “I am very hopeful that this will work out, and I am confident that this will happen because we have put in place protocols even before now. But because of the recent spike in COVID-19, we had to delay it, but I am comfortable that we will be able to have our regular schedule next year.”

Ministry approval

The Ministry of Health and Wellness recently gave the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) approval for the Jamaica Scorpions to return to training, and Vernon says that this is a clear indication that local cricket competitions would return very soon. He says this means that the SDC has been working to mobilise teams for March.

I am hoping that this year’s postponement will not affect the competition next year, so what we will be doing every weekend before the competition starts is to try and get them to start playing at the local level,” he said.“Luckily for us, the JCA is an excellent partner, so any plans that they have, we will be able to support them between January and March before we start our official competition to get the players back on the field.”

Two hundred and thirty-five teams took part in last year’s competition.

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