Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Excelsior (XLCR) High will replace Wolmer's Boys' in the inaugural Schools Invitational T20 Championship, which is set to bowl off at Chedwin Park early in the new year.
Wolmer's were initially named among eight teams to compete for $200,000 in cricket equipment in the competition that is set to run from January 3-5 next year, but according to Paul Campbell from the organisers and promoters Sports Innovators Group (SIG), Wolmer's missed the deadline within which to accept their invitation.
"They were unable to respond within the timeline," said Campbell. "The decision was made to replace them with Excelsior High."
That means the eight schools down to compete are Kingston College, Jamaica College, Excelsior, St Jago High, Eltham, Vere Technical, Manchester High and many-time Headley Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School.
Campbell, a former president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), said SIG was looking forward to having Wolmer's in the competition next year.
"They (Wolmer's) will definitely be a part next year. We're looking forward to their participation."
The Schools Invitational T20 Championship marks the introduction of the shortest version of the game to Jamaican high schools. Campbell believes that introducing high-school players to this form of the game could help their overall development.
SIG has also released the name of their sponsors, which include the Limacol CPL T20, Television Jamaica, Television Jamaica Sports Network, Excelsior Water Crackers, The Jamaica Observer, KLAS Espn, Cool Runnings Purified Water and P+N Construction Services Limited. Entertainment will be provided by Hi-Tension Disco.
Admission will be free on Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4. However, an entry fee of $200 will charged on the day of the finals - Sunday, January 5.