Stage set for start of Caribbean T20

St John’s, Antigua – The stage is set for the start of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 tournament at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The globally-televised event featuring the best players in the region will bowl off on Monday afternoon with a Group A clash between Windward Islands and Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). The second match of the day promises to be a mega-clash between defending champions Guyana and the strong Jamaica side in Group B. That match will under lights at 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).

There are large numbers of Guyanese and Jamaicans living in Antigua and the match promises to be a sell-out as fans prepare to be part of the biggest sporting spectacle in the Caribbean. Both teams had full training sessions on Sunday and are full geared up for the contest.

Looking ahead to the night match, Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was full of confidence.

The experienced right-hander said: “We just have to take [the tournament] one step at a time, while our main objective is to win six games. I don’t think I could ask for more from the players. Even though we had bad weather, everyone really put in the effort, and I was really pleased, so it is just a matter of trying to stick to our game plan, and hopefully we will be able to do it on a consistent basis. I want for us to play well as a team. I am not too focused on me personally, but of course it would be good if I do well in the tournament. I think the picture is much bigger and that is important.”

Jamaica placed fourth in the inaugural tournament in July last year and will be looking to do much better this time around.

Captain Wavell Hinds said: “I think the players have to relax. There is a lot being bandied around about taking the trophy, and we all want to do that. But having said that, we have never won it before, so in my estimation that means there is no pressure on us. We have nothing to lose but everything to play for, so the players just need to relax and make sure they execute.”