ICC announces Americas Cricket Combine

Barbados: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that a Cricket Combine will take place in Indianapolis, USA, in September to select an ICC Americas representative team.

They will play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB)Nagico Super 50 tournament during January 2016, with an opportunity for the best performing players to then trial for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The Combine will have two phases with Phase 1 being an open trial. All eligible players in the Americas region can apply online for the opportunity to be selected to attend the trial that will take place at the World Sports Park in Indianapolis from 18 to 21 September.

The best players from Phase 1 will then be invited to attend Phase 2 of the Combine from 24 to 27 September, after which the ICC Americas team will be selected. Some players identified through previous ICC Americas events will be invited to attend Phase 2 automatically.

Tim Anderson, ICC’s Head of Global Development, said it was exciting that the ICC, in cooperation with the WICB, is able to provide this opportunity to the best cricketers in the Americas region.

He added that the region was full of talented cricketers, with many in the USA and Canada, and through the innovative open trial they hope to uncover some stars of the future.

WICB President Dave Cameron said that the board takes its role to assist the development of cricket in the Americas region seriously, and therefore they were delighted to support the initiative.

He added that the Nagico Super50 and the CPL were important events on their annual calendar, and to extend opportunities to the best players in the Americas to compete in them was the right thing to do in-line with ICC’s strategy to grow cricket beyond its traditional boundaries.

The ICC America’s region is part of the ICC’s Development Program, which aims to grow and improve cricket with ICC’s 95 Associate and Affiliate Member countries.

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