This is according to the President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA), Auckland Hector, who confirmed reports that the sub-regional tournament, originally slated to start in July, has been cancelled.
Hector, who resides in St Kitts, cited a number of reasons for the cancellation, stating that organisers had wished to have the tournament ahead of the WICB’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) Draft held in June and will move to re-position the schedule for May and April in 2016.
This, he said, would have given LICA more time to prepare a squad going into the PCL.
The LICA boss also added that moving the tournament eliminates their having to contend with the annual hurricane season.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), supports the move by LICA to re-position the tournament.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing, based on the explanation and so on, for us to try to get the Leeward Islands tournament back between April or May so we have supported that based on the reasoning given for the adjustment of the tournament,” he said.
“There is some level of disappointment for us, of course, because we would just have finished our tournament and we would have given the selectors the heads up already to select the team … so we have to now meet and decide what we are going to do and if we are going to keep the guys together,” he added.
Rodney added that the new dates for the tournament should work in Antigua’s favour.
“What you would recognise is that it would take us into our new season next and so, in light of that, I am sure that we will still look to probably give preparation to our team, maybe six weeks maximum or a month minimum depending on the amount of cricket we are playing at that time, for training with whatsoever team the selectors come up with at that time,” he said.
Antigua & Barbuda captured both the Three-Day and the One Day tournaments put on by LICA in 2014.