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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have implemented new changes to their regional first-class competition.
From this season onwards, the six regional teams will be allowed to select players from all over the region and possibly overseas as well.
This decision was one of the recommendations put forth by WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus.
“We are moving towards a structure where we are going to have players from all over the region playing for different teams,” WICB president Whycliffe Cameron said. “Effective August and September we are going to have players from all over the region and potentially from outside the region who will be playing for these franchises and we are still going to call them Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.”
Another recommendation made by Pybus was to have a draft system for the first-class season. Under this system, all six regional teams will be allowed to retain and contract 10 players. The remaining players will be put into a draft to help each team fill up the 15 spots on their roster.
“We have announced that coming this year, with the new professional structure, teams will be able to select the best players from around the region,” Cameron said. “It is an interesting point however that these teams are going to fall directly under the auspices of the territorial boards.”