Vincy Premier League T10 set to become 1st cricket tournament to be played amid coronavirus crisis
Cricket fans in all probability will finally get to see some action on the field amid the coronavirus pandemic with the beginning of the Vincy Premier League (VPL) T10 tournament in the Caribbean later this month.
The VPL 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.
72 players will participate in the tournament with 30 matches to be played at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex in St Vincent. 3 games will be played 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.
VPL is all set to become the first cricket tournament to be played in a full-member region comprising of international players amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The tournament is also going to be the first to ban players from using their saliva to shine the ball.
"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 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,” said Dr Kishore Shallow, vice-president at Cricket West Indies (CWI).
"We have formally written to CWI. And I expect to get a positive response from them soon.
"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.