By Neto Baptiste
The cricket committee within the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) is currently looking at ways in which the body’s two-day competition could be revamped in hopes of improving the quality of teams participating on an annual basis.
President of the ABCA, Leon Rodney, confirmed that the committee, headed by first vice president Kenny Lewis, has met on the matter and is mulling a number of options.
“It’s been quite a while since we have been looking on it because let us be real, the two-day tournament had not been to a certain standard over the last couple of years and we need to do something about it. We have some discussions going on between Kenny Lewis and his committee [competitions] and I have no doubt in my mind that we will get something better than what it is to be more competitive,” he said.
There have been concerns over what some have called the “poor quality” of cricket displayed during the staging of the two-day competition in recent years. This has led to calls for the competition to be revamped with recommendations that the number of teams competing should be lowered from its usual 10 to six.
Although admitting that several scenarios are being looked at, Rodney remained tightlipped as what is being discussed.
“There have been some recommendations but I would not want to put that out there as yet, we have to ventilate it and see what will end up being the best discussion to put to the clubs and see where we go from there. Once that is done then we are not ‘one shy or two shy’ to put it out into the public,” the cricket boss said.
PIC Liberta Blackhawks currently lead the two-day standings with 54 points with four wins from five matches, while All Saints Pythons are a distant second with 39 points after two wins from five showings. Empire Nation occupies the third position with 33 points while Jennings Tigers and Pigotts Crushers are fourth and fifth respectively, both with 31 points.
Rising Sun Spartans (27), Bolans Blasters (24), New Winthorpes Lions (24), CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles (18) and Combined Schools who are yet to get off the mark after five matches, complete the standings.