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Saints' McLeod supports Senior Cup delay

Published:Monday | May 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

St Catherine CA coach Ephraim McLeod said he is in agreement with the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA) recent decision to delay the start of the two-day Senior Cup competition until later this year.

Describing the move as timely, McLeod said he sees where it can aid players given the fact that the competition will be staged closer to the regional first-class four-day tournament.

"If we are looking and thinking about Jamaica's cricket going forward, and if we want to align our cricket in line with West Indies cricket, then I am all for the push back in dates," said McLeod.

"It is much better to have players playing in competitions that they can feed off going into regional tournaments," he added.

Set to start in November

The Senior Cup, which was originally slated to get under way this month, is set to start in November or December.

This comes as a result of a meeting two weeks ago between clubs and parish associations officials, who signed off on the change of dates.

Subsequently, JCA has decided to play the national 50-overs tournament starting this weekend, a decision which has not gone down well with at least one of the country's top coaches.

"I am disappointed, somewhat, with the decision as a number of teams have been preparing to play a two-day competition," said Manchester coach Barry Barnes.

"But I can understand their position, as, at this time, it seems as if they (JCA) don't have any money to fund a two-day cricket competition, as well as they are looking at trying to tie it into next year's regional four-day tournament. "

The national 50-overs tournament, which was not played last year and will see players reverting to use white clothes and red balls, is set to feature 22 national clubs and parish association teams.