Half-dozen of the 30 four-day matches in the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League Regional Tournament will be day/night contests played with pink balls, it was announced yesterday.
In keeping with the trend worldwide and to further pursue the experiment that it started six years ago, the WICB has scheduled the matches throughout the coming season which begins on November 11.
And Trinidad and Tobago will be first stop for the day-nighter – their Red Force franchise against the Windward islands Volcanoes starting 3 pm each day at the Queens Park Oval.
“We welcome the return of day/night matches with the pink ball in the Digicel SportsMax R4Day,” said WICB Manager, Cricket Operations Roland Holder, as the regional governing body released fixtures for the first half of the season yesterday.
“Each team has two matches – one home, one away – as gradually international boards begin to embrace this concept.
“The purpose of the re-introduction of day/night matches is two-fold. First, it allows our elite players to familiarise themselves with the pink ball, and secondly, it allows for greater spectator attendance, as patrons can have a relaxing evening watching their favourite team.”
Four of the day/night matches, which will begin at 3 pm daily, have been scheduled before the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break in the Tournament.
Defending champions Guyana Jaguars will be part of the second day/night match, when they travel to St. Lucia to face the Volcanoes at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground in the third round from November 26 to 29.
The Jaguars return home to host long-standing rivals Barbados Pride in the following round from December 9 to 12 at the Guyana National Stadium in a day/night contest, another of which takes place between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions from December 15 to 18 at Warner Park in St. Kitts during the fifth round.
The last two day/night matches are currently scheduled to be contested in the New Year during the second half of the Tournament in April.
Recently, West Indies completed their first ever day/night Test, when Pakistan bounced them by 56 runs in a tense finish in Dubai. They are scheduled to play another day/night Test next year at Edgbaston on their tour of England.