ST JOHN'S, Antigua (WICB Media):
The West Indies Cricket Board WICB) yesterday announced a three-year sponsorship deal with NAGICO Insurances as the new title sponsor for the regional Super50 one-day cricket tournament.
The event is the WICB's marquee limited-overs event and will be known as the NAGICO Super50. The winning team will take home the Clive Lloyd Trophy - named in honour of the legendary former West Indies captain.
The 2014 event will feature eight teams - Barbados, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands, and Ireland. The tournament will be televised live throughout the Caribbean on ESPN and matches will be played from January 30 to February 16 in Trinidad and Tobago, with day/night fixtures.
HAPPY FOR PARTNERSHIP
Michael Muirhead, CEO of the WICB, expressed great delight with the new partnership.
"The WICB is pleased to welcome NAGICO on board as a partner in West Indies cricket. Sponsorship is a vital part of any sport and we applaud NAGICO for their commitment to the game of cricket," Muirhead said.
"We look forward to a long and fruitful association which will enhance the game in the Caribbean. This new commitment by NAGICO, we believe, will be a great benefit to West Indies cricket and the development of the game in the region."
Muirhead added: "The 2014 NAGICO Super50 will be crucial for the players as we look ahead to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup - a tournament we believe our team can win."
Imran McSood, NAGICO's CEO, expressed delight at the partnership.
He said: "We are very excited to partner with WICB in the NAGICO Super50 format and thus support West Indies cricket as we have been doing for many years on a smaller scale.
"Personally, I eat, drink and sleep cricket, so to reach a sponsorship deal is even more satisfying. I look forward to an amazing tournament and will definitely be in Trinidad to hand out the Clive Lloyd Trophy to the winning team," McSood assured.