BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
The Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) team is appealing to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) not to remove it from the Regional Super50 and four-day competitions.
CCC's appeal comes ahead of Saturday's WICB's meeting at which the team's future in regional tournaments is expected to be among topics for discussion.
"So we're all feeling disappointed with all the rumours going around and even the press release last week," declared Jamaican Akeem Dewar. "But we certainly hope the WICB consider keeping us in the tournament, because over the years we have done very well."
Last week, WICB CEO Michael Muirhead said the regional board is considering axing CCC from the regional tournaments.
Students held a press conference in Barbados on Tuesday, hoping to persuade the WICB to change its mind about removing their team from the 2014 regional tournaments.
"I was a product of the Jamaica Tallawahs team," Dewar said. "And I believe my selection came through the CCC programme. If I wasn't playing regular regional cricket, no one would have looked at me to be part of the Tallawahs franchise."
The CCC said they are yet to receive official correspondence on the matter from the WICB.
"At this time, there are hundreds of young cricketers in schools and colleges across the region waiting for an opportunity to enter universities and to play for CCC," said captain Kyle Corbin of Barbados.
"We are the icon for a new generation of young players. We do not wish to see our hopes dashed. We urge your positive consideration."
The CCC reached the final of this year's Super50 tournament, where they lost to the Windward Islands by nine wickets.