World University T20 begins in Trinidad

The inaugural World University Twenty20 Tournament bowled off last week at the Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Center, St Agustina Campus, Trinidad. The tournament runs from Jan. 10 to 20.

Cricket West Indies (CWI), Caribbean Professional League (CPL) organizers and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Sports have teamed up to host the first ever World University Twenty20 tournament.

CWI Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave said, “this collaboration provides a great opportunity for West Indies’ future talent to test themselves against university teams from around the world, gaining experience and building team relationships in a pressure environment.”

Two University teams from the Caribbean — UWI and Combined Campuses and Colleges — will gain exposure in an attempt to strengthen this tier of cricket within the region.

CWI’s board of directors approved the World University Twenty20 at its last meeting in Dec. 8 and 9 in Trinidad, as part of the long-term strategic plan to increase the quality and quantity of cricket accessible and supported for the next generation of players.

A total of five teams from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean have accepted the invitation to participate and all players are bona fide university students.

After the tournament, five of the most outstanding players will be given an opportunity to train and play alongside teams in the CPL.

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