The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has terminated the rest of the domestic cricket season owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus. The season had already been curtailed by the global pandemic. The decision was taken after the discussions on Wednesday with representatives of the National League, zonal affiliates and clubs.
The decision was also taken on keeping the Government’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions on team activities, and other activities as well. Moreover, the TTCB also said that because of the incomplete status of all national cricket competitions, there wouldn’t be any promotions or demotions for this season.
“The TTCB was persuaded to make these decisions in the best interest of cricketers and the general public in the face of the pandemic. Also taken into account was the current state of grounds on which matches are played, as they are not prepared to host any cricket in the near future, even if the government eases its COVID-19 restrictions on team sports within the near future,” TTCB said in a statement.
However, there were still two rounds of matches left in the main competition this season, but the TTCB has decided to not announce any winner this year. The TTCB further added that they have received the support of the Tobago Cricket Association, and the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association. They have also joined hands together and decided to put on hold the rest of the cricket activities this year.
“We are going to just cancel the cricket and start afresh in January, next year,” it said.
They have also stopped all minor cricket leagues affiliated to the national organisation keeping public health and safety in mind. Notably, Cricket West Indies (CWI) didn’t say anything about Under-17 Interzone tournament.
“We are waiting on CWI but I think that since we normally host the U-17 tournament and we cannot play cricket here, then they may call that off. The U-19 may be played because of the upcoming U-19 World Cup. If that is the case, then we may have to arrange an U-19 Interzone tournament or find some way to choose an U-19 national team to take part in that tournament,” it said.