Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Opportunity knocks says Adams ahead of Digicel 4-Day Tournament

Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams.

Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) director of cricket Jimmy Adams is calling on players to seize opportunities, which will be presented during the  new regional season – and the Digicel 4-Day Tournament in particular.

The six regional franchises have started preparations for the upcoming season, which gets going on Thursday, October 26, and Adams said he was bubbling with excitement at the prospects the new season holds for the game in the Caribbean.

“It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” he said.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this Digicel 4-Day season.”

Adams added: “This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some that have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt.

“I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players. It’s a very important cog in the wheel of the development cycle, so I am looking forward to seeing how players have progressed from the end of last season.”

The Regional 4-Day Tournament, being sponsored for the second straight year by Digicel, was expanded to 10 matches three years ago, when CWI inaugurated the Professional Cricket League featuring six territorial franchises playing home and away matches, and a system that promotes player movement.

“The feedback has been very positive from every one,” said Adams. “Just the fact that they are playing consistently more games, it has been critical for a lot of our players along that development curve to be able to play as much as they can within the season.

“I don’t think there is anybody out there that can deny it has been a ‘net-positive’ having 10 games in comparison to maybe five or six that we used to play in the past.”

The Digicel 4-Day Tournament concludes on January 21, and all matches are now regularly scheduled to start on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in a break from the long-standing tradition in the modern history (1966 onwards) of the West Indies first-class championship.

The schedule has also been tightened up, due to the heavy amount of international matches that CWI will be staging in the coming months, and it would also allow the regional governing body to complete the Digicel 4-Day Tournament ahead of the Regional Super50 Tournament.

A Thursday start has also been introduced to give fans the option of coming out to see the end of the matches over the weekend, rather than having to take Mondays off.

“It will be a demanding season for the players and to be able to cope with the level of sustained physical and mental pressure, we will need them to be in top condition, so that they can repeat good performances and so it has to be a massive part of their preparation going into the season,” he said.

Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will open their Digicel 4-Day title defence against Jamaica Scorpions on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium.

The other first round matches feature Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, and the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport between hosts Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in one of six day/night matches on the season schedule.

DIGICEL REGIONAL 4-DAY TOURNAMENT

Round 1 – October 26 to 29
Jaguars vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am)
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval, Barbados (3 pm)
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

Round 2 – November 2 to 5
Red Force vs Scorpions – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval

Round 3 – November 9 to 12
Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park, Jamaica (3 pm)
Hurricanes vs Jaguars – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Queen’s Park Oval

Round 4 – November 16 to 19
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park (3 pm)
Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent

***BREAK***

Round 5 – November 30 to December 3
Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

Round 6 – December 7 to 10
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park
Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

Round 7 – December 14 to 17
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (3 pm)
Red Force vs Pride – Queen’s Park Oval
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Windsor Park, Dominica (3 pm)

***BREAK***

Round 8 – January 4 to 7
Red Force vs Hurricanes – Queen’s Park Oval
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

Round 9 – January 11 to 14
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park
Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park

Round 10 – January 18 to 21
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval
Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park (3 pm)

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