KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday August 08, 2012 – The eagerly anticipated inaugural Regional Women’s Twenty20 Tournament gets underway in Jamaica today with teams from eight Caribbean countries vying for the honours in what are expected to be keenly contested matches.
To be staged at three venues in and around Kingston – Kensington Park, Chedwin Park and Sabina Park – the historic tournament will run until Saturday August 18.
Teams from Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago will join hosts Jamaica, the reigning Regional Women’s Super50 champions.
Josina Luke, the WICB’s project officer for women’s cricket, said the regional governing body was delighted to be staging the tournament at this time.
“The West Indies Women’s team will be going off to England for five T20 matches in early September and this will be followed by the ICC Women’s World T20 in Sri Lanka,” Luke said.
“So this tournament is timely and will provide our players with valuable match practice. It should help to sharpen their skills and help them better understand the ebbs and flows of this format.
“It was for this reason that the directors of the WICB had agreed with the policy shift about the staging of regional women’s tournaments to coincide with the format for the women’s World tournament,” she added.
The project officer also said that the WICB was pleased with the results from the West Indies Women’s team in recent times and remained committed to strengthening the women’s programme.
According to Luke, the WICB had also planned a one-day player development training session during the regional tournament.
The Regional Women’s Twenty20 Tournament will comprise seven rounds of preliminary matches leading into a full slate of playoffs for positions from Champions to eighth place.