The Vincy Premier League T10 is set to become the first cricket tournament to be held in a Full Member region since the sport came to a screeching halt a couple of months ago.
The last competitive match involving international players was the Pakistan Super League clash between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators on March 15.
The VPL T10, featuring the likes of West Indies internationals Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy and Sunil Ambris, is the first-ever T10 and franchise competition in St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.
The six-team tournament will a 10-day affair running from May 22 until May 31 with all the matches scheduled to take place at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex, St Vincent.
The VPL T10 is a project of St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA), whose president Dr. Kishore Shallow voiced optimism over the prospects of the league.
He hoped the cricket action would attract crowds in the country where there are a total of 17 cases of the coronavirus as nine of the infected patients have recovered.
“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,” said Dr. Shallow.
“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 (3 daily) will be streamed live.”
The draft for the tournament was held in a similar format to that of the Caribbean Premier League and the Indian Premier League as 72 players were picked by the six teams.
Looking forward to plying his trade out in the middle again, Botanical Gardens Rangers' marquee pick Williams said: “It was great being part of the draft. Though it got tense at times, because we all wanted to secure the best players and team composition, it was really an enjoyable experience."
Interestingly, the competition will observe a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball – an issue under consideration by the ICC.