Antigua, Barbados to host 2011 Caribbean T20

Trinidad and Tobago will not be hosting next year’s Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, the Trinidad Express reports.

According to Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) executive member Patrick Rampersad, T&T’s bid was rejected by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), who have decided that the January tournament will now be held at two venues, with the preliminary matches being played in Antigua and the semi-finals and final taking place in Barbados.

It was disappointing for the TTCB, especially after they successfully hosted the semi-finals and final of the 2010 edition of the tournament at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain last July.

Rampersad was surprised at the WICB’s decision, Trinidad and Tobago having staged the Caribbean T20 as well as a Test and one-day international between the West Indies and South Africa this year.

“Of course I am very disappointed,” Rampersad said on Saturday at the TTCB North Zone Cricket Council awards function in the VIP Lounge at Hasely Crawford Stadium. “I think we demonstrated that we are very capable of successfully hosting regional and international tournaments.”

Rampersad, who is also chairman of the TTCB International Matches Committee, pointed to the first Test against South Africa which was shifted from Jamaica due to escalating violence in Kingston, saying: “We were given a letter of commendation by the WICB. They congratulated us.”

“We worked very hard on the (T20) bid, which was very time consuming. We are very disappointed but we accept it,” Rampersad explained.

Looking ahead, Rampersad said that the TTCB would have to bid again for the 2012 tournament, but insisted that the final decision will again be up to the WICB.

He also noted that the bidding procedure did not cost the TTCB any money, but putting together the details of the bid took some time. He also said that the TTCB were also asked to submit a second bid after the WICB decided to host the T20 in two countries.

Asked whether the WICB gave the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board a reason why their bid was rejected, Rampersad said: “I have not been advised as to the reason why we were not given the tournament.”

TTCB president Azim Bassarath was contacted yesterday for a statement but he preferred not to comment until the WICB released the details of their decision today.

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