Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will allow the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) team to continue its participation in regional tournaments, at least in the near future.
This is one of the decisions taken at a WICB directors' meeting at the Marriott hotel in St Kitts on Saturday. The board's CEO, Michael Muirhead, revealed that the sport's regional governing body had considered ending the participation of the CCC as a team in regional tournaments, following commercial considerations. Discussions were also expected to revolve around encouraging territories to contract the current CCC squad.
However, following some amount of public concern being raised not only by the CCC themselves, but by other regional administrators, the regional cricket administrators decided against the proposal for at least this season.
In official correspondence from the WICB offices yesterday, the body indicated that the CCC would be invited to this year's edition of the Super50 Tournament.
INVITATION TO CCC
"The board took a decision to extend a special invitation to the Combined Campuses Colleges (CCC) to participate in the 2014 edition of the WICB Super50 Tournament. The six territorial teams - Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands - will participate in the tournament, along with Ireland and the CCC. The teams will compete for the Clive Lloyd Trophy," the release read.
It did not go on to further specify the role of the team in future editions of the tournament.
Other decisions coming out of the meeting included the appointment, as directors, of new Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, and vice-president Dr Donovan Bennett, to the regional board.
It was also revealed that the WICB had secured a major sponsor for the WICB Regional Super50, which has been without a sponsor for several seasons. However, full details were not announced.
Other major decisions taken involved approval for a training programme for umpires and match referees; an update on progress of the West Indies Retired Players Foundation; approval of the draft schedule for the WICB Super50 Tournament (full schedule to be released); approval of a draft schedule for the Regional Four-Day Tournament, backed up by a decision to play seven day/night matches (full schedule to be released).
Also, president Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron advised the board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to play an international Women's Championship. The WICB approved the request from the ICC to participate in the championship.