Domestic cricket to restart with ABCA 10 Splash
The Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) has been given the greenlight to restart competitive cricket and they are wasting no time as the 10 Splash tournament is right around the corner.
President of the ABCA, Kuma Rodney, who was a guest on the Pointe FM’s Touchline on Monday, said the organisation is pushing forward with the 10 Splash at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with ten teams in two zones from December 5 to the 20.
Two top teams from each zone will advance to a round robin with the leading team on points taking home the championship.
No prize money is being offered, but each team will receive a EC$1500 participation fee.
In dialog with each team, Rodney said the request was made for the teams to work diligently with the ABCA to make the return of competitive cricket a success.
The ABCA has also provided more than over EC$70,000 EC dollars to seven clubs to assist with the installation of nets around the island.
The fortunate Clubs are Empire Nation, PIC Liberta, New Winthropes, Jennings, Bethesda, Johnson’s Point and Rising Sun.
Rodney said the clubs who received aid were the ones that reached out for assistance.
The former national coach said the association is expecting to host fans in the stadium after they complete a final meeting with the Ministry of Health.
Rodney pointed to the recent funeral of former Technical Director of Football, Rolston ‘Debu’ Williams, which took place at the stadium and said this location will allow social distancing to be properly observed due to its size and layout.
“We are not expecting 10,000 people but with the anticipation of a few hundred for each game we don’t see a problem hosting fans following all the protocols,” Rodney added.