Day/night matches planned for new Regional 4-Day season
ST JOHN'S, Antigua:
Half-dozen of the 30 matches in the upcoming the West Indies Cricket Board's Professional Cricket League Digicel SportsMax Regional Four-Day (R4Day) Tournament will be day/night contests played with pink cricket 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.
"We welcome the return of day/night matches with the pink ball in the Digical SportsMax R4Day," said WICB manager, cricket operations, Roland Holder, as the regional governing body released fixtures for the first half of the season on Thursday.
"Each team has two matches one home, one away as gradually, international boards begin to embrace this concept.
"The purpose of the reintroduction of day/night matches is twofold. 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 p.m. daily, have been scheduled before the Christmas/New Year's holiday break in the tournament. They include an opening-round fixture between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
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 betweent the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions from December 15 to 18 at Warner Park in St Kitts during the fifth round.