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Cricket returns in Windies with Vincy Premier League

Cricket returns in Windies with Vincy Premier League
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The wait for resumption of cricket is almost over with the inaugural edition of the Vincy Premier League, a T10 tournament, scheduled to start on May 22 in the eastern Caribbean country of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Barbados: The wait for resumption of cricket is almost over with the inaugural edition of the Vincy Premier League, a T10 tournament, scheduled to start on May 22 in the eastern Caribbean country of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The franchise-based tournament is being hosted by St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGA), whose president, Kishore Shallow, is also the vice-president at Cricket West Indies (CWI).

The tournament, if it goes on as per schedule, will be the first instance of a Full Member region comprising international players returning to the field. But what's more interesting is that this will be the first tournament where players will not be allowed to use saliva on the ball, according to a Cricinfo report."No player would be allowed to use any saliva on the ball," Shallow 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.

"The tournament, which is expected to end on May 31, is set to be open for fans as there are no restrictions imposed by the government in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Shallow also explained that since there was no "formal limitations in terms of social gatherings" imposed by the local government the organisers had decided to not play behind closed doors, a mandatory policy issued by several other countries around the globe to sporting organisations.

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