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Stanford competition moved to April

This year's lucrative Stanford 20/20 tournament is now likely to be played in April.

This is due to the new home and away format implemented by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the 2009 Carib Beer Series.

Normally the Stanford 20/20 tournament is played in February, but next season the premier regional Twenty20 tournament will be contested after the First Class season is completed.

Earlier this year no matches in the Carib Beer Series were played in February with the tournament breaking for the Stanford 20/20 Series.

The 2009 Carib Beer fixtures released by the WICB sees Trinidad and Tobago playing three matches in February. From February 13-16 Trinidad and Tobago will host the Leeward Islands before heading to Guyana from February 20-23 and returning home to host arch rivals Barbados from February 27 to March 2.

Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team, Colin Borde said that having the Stanford 20/20 at the end of the First Class season would be beneficial to regional cricketers.

“From January to April cricketers would just have to focus on the four-day tournament and would not have to worry about getting ready for Twenty20 cricket it would only benefit the standard of First Class cricket because players would not be distracted by the shortest form of the game,” said Borde.

He added that the cricket schedule was packed and having the Stanford 20/20 after the first class season would accommodate the international cricket.

“There is too much cricket being played and England will be touring simultaneously when the First Class tournament would benefit the West Indies team.

“For example if there is a West Indian player struggling he can go back to the regional tournament and play First Class matches and get back into form. Also we will have regional players who are ready who can be potent replacements for out of form players. Players will only have to deal with four day cricket and not twenty20 cricket,” said Borde.

source - newsday.co.tt
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