The Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) domestic season will bowl off later this month with its signature 9s tournament slated for Liberta.
President Leon Rodney encouraged the public to support the season opener as it has proven to be an exciting competition.
“The ABCA 9s will bowl off on the 25th and 26th of this month and I call it a fun tournament, but I am going to say it’s a serious fun tournament where the winners will [get] $2000; and that will take place at Ball Beef in Liberta. So we want to encourage people to come out because you know the 9s over the last few years has been very nice, a very good tournament to come out and watch,” he said.
The season, following the 9s, will break for the West Indies home series against England starting February 25th with a warm-up match in St Kitts.
The association, Rodney revealed, is also looking at ways they can hasten the progression of the season given its late start.
“We’re trying to see if we can, when we go to the Super 40, have some of those games played on a day/night schedule once the players can get the time off. We can probably utilise Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground and I am sure that the West Indies Cricket Board would be more than happy for us to use the Coolidge Cricket Ground. That’s probably something we can look at so you can have two games playing on a day/night situation,” the president said.
Liberta Blackhawks are the defending champions for all formats played under the auspices of the Cricket Association.