Big opportunities for Super50 – WICB CEO

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), CEO, Michael Muirhead is optimistic about what the Super50 tournament can achieve in a few years. This following a successful end to its flagship regional one-day international tournament – the NAGICO Super50.

The tournament which ended last Saturday (January 23) in Trinidad and Tobago saw the defending 2015 champions, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force take the title.

The CEO is delighted at the opportunities this tournament presents and indicates that in future years, “there is a direct opportunity for corporate partners to align themselves with the WICB.” The tournament which has been held under the NAGICO banner in the last three has had a number of positives; “we are hoping to improve on some of the issues we encountered.”

We are pleased with the performances of the players:

• Darren Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Force) was the top scorer with 274 runs

• Suliemann Benn was the leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets; but we had four others with 14 wickets – Jon-Russ Jaggesar TT Red Force), Damion Jacobs (Jamaica Scorpions), Delorn Johnson (Windward Island Volcanoes) and Veerasammy Permaul (Guyana Jaguars)

• Three of the existing Franchises had at least three players making debuts – Jaguars – Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd and Kevon Boodie; Scorpions – Brandon King, Aldane Thomas and Jermaine Harrison; Pride Roston Chase, Justin Greaves and Dane Currency

• The ICC Americas gave an overall credible performance – they had two games where they scored over 200 runs and some of their other games were lost in close encounters

“The potential for this tournament is tremendous, and in keeping with the Board’s policy on selection, this pool of players will form the platform from which the West Indies ODI final team is selected for international home and away series,” reiterated the CEO. The ODI Tri-Nation series featuring South Africa, Australia and the West Indies will be held in June this year and the “best available eligible players will be selected.”

The CEO was adamant that the 9th place ranking in World ODI was not something he wants on the record for much longer and he hopes for gradual improvement over the short to medium term.

On the Cricket schedule in the next few weeks – The four-day PCL resumes on Thursday, February 11 after which the men’s and women’s teams will participate in the World T20 in India. The men’s team will be announced shortly. The ICC Under 19 championship is now on in Bangladesh and the WI team opens tonight (January 28) against England.