‘Jimbo’ in doubt for Tri20 tournament

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Antigua & Barbuda could be without Windies A and Leeward Islands all-rounder Rahkeem “Jimbo” Cornwall while the availability of another player is uncertain for this year’s Independence Tri20 Cricket Tournament slated for October 6-14 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
This is according to coach Kenneth “Flipper” Benjamin, who said the other teams, set to compete in the tournament in Guyana and Jamaica, could also suffer similar fates where key players are concerned.
“The tournament will be just a couple of weeks before the professional four-day league starts so I don’t know how many of those players will be released. As it stands right now, I think Rahkeem ‘Jimbo’ Cornwall may not be available because I think there might be an A Team tour on at the time,” he said.
“I don’t know if Devon Thomas will be unavailable as well but we are working to see about their confirmation at soonest. But I think Rahkeem definitely will not be available so maybe one or two of the other teams as well may be affected, so we just have to wait and see exactly what the makeups are like,” the former West indies fast bowler said. 
The Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), on Wednesday, named a 24-man training squad, which includes both Cornwall and Thomas, both currently playing in the Hero Caribbean League (CPL) for separate teams.
Cornwall represents the St Lucia Stars while Thomas plays for the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Preparations, Benjamin said, will begin next week.
“I spoke to John Archibald this morning [Thursday] and he is going to be my assistant and Gregg Matthews, he will be the trainer. We spoke this morning [Thursday] and we’re just waiting until Sunday when they finish the under-17 [tournament] so we will have a word with the president [Leon Rodney]. I had spoken to him last night [Wednesday] about when we are looking to kick things off,” he said.
Antigua & Barbuda are the defending champions for the annual tournament after capturing the inaugural instalment in 2016.
 
 

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