14 May

The Vincy Premier League (VPL) T10 tournament in the Caribbean is set to become the first tournament to be played amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Vincy Premier League is a 6-team 10-overs-a-side cricket tournament which will be played in the eastern Caribbean island country of St Vincent and Grenadines from May 22-31.

Seventy-two players will participate in the Vincy Premier League with 30 matches to be played at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex in St Vincent. Three games will be held in a day, and all of them will be streamed live. All six franchises have a marquee player each with West Indies cricketers Kesrick Williams, Sunil Ambris and Obed McCoy headlining the list.

With the global cricketing action coming to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vincy Premier League will be historic as it will mark the return of cricket.

Dr Kishore Shallow, vice-president at Cricket West Indies (CWI) said:

“It is an exciting time for cricket in SVG, I can feel the buzz of sports enthusiasts who are thirsty for some cricket and sports. We came up with this T10 franchise format (Vincy Premier League) because of the absence of sports content at this point, and thought that this brand of cricket would be enticing to cricket fans across the globe in a short duration. The competition will be over a 10-day period, and all 30 matches will be streamed live.”

“No player would be allowed to use any saliva on the ball,” he said. “Of course, we will be having different dedicated, assigned spaces around the players’ pavilion for teams so that they are not necessarily crowded together. All teams would have their own space where they could practise physical distancing,” Dr Shallow added

John Stephenson


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