Three countries, Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have submitted bids to host the Caribbean Twenty20 Championships in 2011 and 2012.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that the three venues will now be assessed by its Bid Review Committee led by director Gregory Shillingford, the president of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association and former chief executive officer.
“It is a new model inviting territories to host matches in regional tournaments, and it starts with the most exciting of the tournaments – Caribbean T20, which proved to be successful in its launch in 2010,” the WICB said.
“The territories, which have submitted bids and confident of meeting the criteria, will be held to the usual standards and the WICB will be held to its obligations in terms of both cost and benefits,” states the release.
The Bid Review Committee will have to consider seven key criteria in choosing the venues before the WICB makes the official announcement.
The WICB noted the committee would have to consider contributions of the host to the event, cost of hosting matches, potential revenue opportunities, strength of the commitment to host, record of honoring commitments, the quality of event management during previous WICB tournaments, and venue readiness.
The regional governing body also requires venues to have international standard lighting, and at least one giant replay screen, so they can favorably be considered for hosting the Caribbean T20, which will be a televised “live” event.