Date Submitted: 2020-03-24
WICB 4 Day Tournament - St. John’s, Antigua, March 24 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Barbados Pride were today declared winners of the 2019/20 West Indies first-class Championship after the last two rounds of matches were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision followed a Cricket West Indies (CWI) Board of Directors teleconference this afternoon.
In cancelling the last two rounds, CWI acted on advice of the CWI Medical Advisory Committee.
With Barbados Pride well on top of the points table after the eighth round, the Board unanimously agreed to award the Headley/Weekes Trophy (named in honour of West Indies pioneers and icons George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes) to Kraigg Brathwaite’s team.
It is the 23rd regional first-class title for Barbados - the most by a territory since the inception of sponsored Championships in 1966.
Final Points Table: Barbados Pride 134.8, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force 94.6, Guyana Jaguars 91.8, Jamaica Scorpions 91.8, Windward Islands Volcanoes 78, Leeward Islands Hurricanes 52.8.
CWI also listed regional tournaments which have been either cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. They are:
Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup – postponed to later this year.
Regional Under-19s Women’s T20 Championship – postponed to later this year.
Regional Under-15s Boys’ Championship – cancelled for 2020.
West Indies Under-15s Tour to England in the summer – cancelled for 2020.
West Indies High-Performance and International preparation training camps – cancelled until at least May 31, 2020.
Following the meeting Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI said: “All around the sporting world we are faced with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket, cricketers and all our stakeholders involved in the game have been affected at various levels and we must continue to work to together and act responsibly in containing the spread of the virus.
“Ten days ago, we suspended our tournaments and camps for 30 days and now we have extended that suspension until the end of May as well as reluctantly cancelled some tournaments and tours in their entirety. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and make further decisions and announcements in due course.”
Grave added that the health and safety of everyone concerned was paramount and noted that CWI has put all systems in place to make sure its staff was observing the necessary protocols as outlined by the CWI Medical Advisory Committee and the World Health Organisation.
CWI has also reinforced the importance for all Territorial Boards and Local Cricket Associations to follow the advice of their respective Ministries of Health.