Carnival Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016 are set for February 8th and 9th and the festivities leading up to the tourist-attractive Greatest Show on Earth will have the thrill and drama of limited overs cricket as added fare.
The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday disclosed that Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts will host competition in their Super50 or 50-overs-per-side championship with Trinidad and Tobago doubling as hosts for preliminary round play as well as for the semifinals and final.
The championship to feature eight teams bowl off on Thursday, January 7 in both Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts – Trinidad and Tobago the venue for the Group A preliminary-round action featuring its home team and defending champions TT Red Force, the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride and the invited International Cricket Council’s Americas team.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force face off against the Jamaica Scorpions from 1.30 pm at the Queen’s Park Oval in a day-night encounter on January 7 while the Barbados Pride and the Americas meet at a venue to be confirmed with start time at 9 am,
St Kitts action on the January 7 opening day pits the Guyana Jaguars against the Windward Islands Volcanoes and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes against the West Indies Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.
The championship semifinals comprising the top two teams after preliminary-round play will begin in Trinidad on Wednesday, January 20 leading up to the final on Saturday, January 23 when the Carnival festivities will serve up one of the Steelband Panorama events at the Queen’s Park Savannah and the Chutney Soca Monarch finals at Skinner Park, south Trinidad.
The composition of he various teams to include overseas players is being finalised with the West Indies Board banking on the big name West Indies players in the limited format lining up for their respective teams,
Barring the ICC Americas and the CCC Marooners, the other six teams have been competing in the Board’s Pro League of four-day matches. On a break for the current Christmas-holiday season, the six will resume competition in the New Year.