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CARIBBEAN - cricket- Barbados competing in Stanford 20/20 Tournament

Date January 13, 2006 Compliments of the Nation News


BARBADOS will compete in the lucrative Stanford 20/20 Tournament after all.

And it will benefit from the full disbursement of the US$280 000 allocated to each of the participating countries.

The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) was given the assurance from tournament organisers yesterday after belatedly expressing an interest in participating.

The disclosure was made to WEEKENDSPORT by BCA secretary Vernon Williams and confirmed by a representative of the tournament organisers in the Cayman Islands.

The local body missed the December 31 deadline to put forward a plan of action detailing how it would use the US$280 000 allocated to each team because it was awaiting word from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"We got in touch with the office of Stanford and assured them Barbados had interest in participating in the tournament," Williams said.

"We communicated by email to them indicating this and indicated that we would be preparing a package to come to them early next week after getting the board's approval on Tuesday night," he added.

Williams was speaking in the absence of BCA president Tony Marshall who is representing the WICB at an International Cricket Council meeting in Pakistan.

With the BCA not having submitted a plan by the deadline, there were concerns from local players that Barbados might miss out on the chance to pocket the top prize of US$1 million and other attractive prizes, including a Man-Of-The-Match award of US$100 000 for the final.

Yesterday morning, Williams, fellow BCA board members Wendell Kellman and Conde Riley, along with business manager Rollins Howard, met with the players for 45 minutes.

"The players had concerns about the non-participation of Barbados and we assured them that Barbados will do all it can to make sure we are in the tournament," Williams said after the meeting.

"When you get a forum such as that, they will express their views and ask questions. I think we were able to satisfy them with the responses."

While the BCA missed the deadline, the other 18 countries invited to participate in the August tournament in Antigua went ahead and submitted proposals to organisers.

They did so against the background of a statement issued by the six territorial boards in late December, outlining their preference for "arrangements to be pursued through our collective participation at the level of the WICB".

"In most things that it participates in, Barbados takes a principled stand and if the WICB wanted a discussion and a unanimous position from territories, Barbados will not normally be seen out there taking its own position," Williams said.

"We took a principled position to walk with the WICB."


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