St. John’s Antigua- The Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) 2012 season has ended after the teams at a meeting held on Thursday said that they would rather not play the Twenty20 competition at this time.
The teams initially suggested that it is now too late since some of their players are already preparing for football.
Most of the teams have not played any cricket for the past six to seven weeks with the exception of PIC Insurance Liberta, Caribbean Union Bank Bethesda, Medpath New Winthorpes and Bolans which played in the semi-finals. Liberta and Bethesda contested the finals.
However, it is understood that the teams have agreed to play the T20 tournament in October, a few weeks prior to the start of the NAGICO T20 competition in December.
Information reaching OBSERVER Sports suggests that even before the meeting on Thursday teams were called individually about the competition, but most were not in favour. Hence a meeting was called and all the teams said they would not play.
It was also revealed that the fixtures were determined before informing any of the teams.
However, spokesperson for Liberta, Kenneth “Flipper” Benjamin, said Liberta would not have played unless there was a firm commitment by the ABCA that they would receive a cheque at the end of the competition.
Benjamin said the ABCA owes Liberta $40,000 in prize money.
Liberta’s management is still peeved that up to this day not even a congratulatory word has come from ABCA President Enoch Lewis or any member of the ABCA Executive for winning all three competitions this season – the six-a-side, the State Insurance 40 overs and the two-dayer.