Local cricketers will be hitting the Haynes Oval today, October 26, and tomorrow, October 27, after not playing competitively since July of this year. They will be competing in the 4th annual Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Six-A-Side tournament.
The tournament is usually held during the Labor Day weekend, but because the national team was preparing for their trip to play the Bermuda national cricket team, the tournament was postponed. It was decided to be held before the 2019-2020 season gets underway.
Greg Taylor, president of the Bahamas Cricket Association (BCA), said, “The Police are the defending champions…
“The teams seem to be stronger. There were a lot of movements among the teams with different players moving to other teams. We are looking forward to having a fun-filled and exciting weekend.”
The tournament will feature six teams – Lions, Rising Stars, Westerns, Pacesetters, Police and St. Agnes.
Each team will have a maximum of five overs to bat. The Police won by 15 runs back in 2018.
Games begin at 8.30 a.m. on both days. The last game for today is set to start at 4 p.m. The championship game is set for tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.
The KFC Six-A-Side will feature six players on a team. Teams will be using this as a warm-up to the two leagues that are set to start next weekend. According to Taylor, there has been a huge change in one of them – the Nations League. In past years, the Nations League used the TwentyTwenty (T20) format. However, this year, the BCA decided to use the 40-over format. He wants to make it like the premier league.
The BCA T20 league will still use the T20 format.
In addition to the league, the BCA is slated to send a national team to play in Argentina. That team will be playing in an International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas Regional Tournament. It will be a qualifier to play in the 2021 T20 World Cup which will be held in India.
This is The Bahamas’ first ICC tournament since 2013 and the local cricket chief is looking for the team to perform well. Taylor will be looking to get the squad training at least three times a week. There is expected to be a mixture of veterans and youths on the team.