Regional Four-Day tentatively set for January/February 2022
— Jimmy Adams on committee to review selection criteria
Cricket West Indies (CWI) are working towards hosting the Regional Four-Day tournament in late January/early February 2022. CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, confirmed this on Tuesday’s Mason and Guest radio programme, and also disclosed that five rounds are being proposed.
“We have recommended that we start four-day cricket at the last week in January/early February next year. It is desperately time for us to get four-day cricket in the region for more than one reason. At a minimum, we want to play at least five rounds, which would be half of what we normally play; that is a starting point. Ideally, I would love to get ten rounds of first-class cricket in, but starting with that,” Adams said.
Giving his opinion on the venues, and considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams has said he is hopeful of limited travels for the Caribbean teams.
“It might be that we use three teams stay at home and the other three teams travel for three rounds, and then two teams that did not travel travel in the second round, so there is some travel involved. Ideally, from a development point of view, there is something to be said about players in different conditions playing in different territories,” he said.
In March 2020, the pandemic brought the Four-Day Championship to a halt with two rounds remaining, and, as a result, Barbados Pride were declared the winners, thumping the Guyana Jaguars.
Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that a committee including Dr Kishore Shallow, Adams, Philo Wallace and Chairman Enoch Lewis has started the review process of the CWI selection policy. Of recent, this selection policy has been under fire, more so with the team selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The former West Indies opener Philo Wallace has said this committee has come together to examine the selection policy, and a release from CWI is expected shortly. (Brandon Corlette)