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Red Force may decline offer to play in SPL
T&T cricket team has been invited to participate in the Sri Lankan T20 Premier league but this country may not take up the offer. A source close to the situation said the offer was made “a while now” and was still open. The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) is expected to look into it and make a decision before the next domestic season in Sri Lanka next July.
According to the source: “At the last Champions League in India, executive member of the TTCB, Baldath Mahabir accompanied the team in the capacity of business development manager and made a lot of valuable contacts. “He was about the place looking for opportunities for T&T’s cricket and met with a lot of people. T&T has a unique opportunity by going out there into the world and it is good to see that the board is taking up the opportunities.”
If T&T decides to play in the Sri Lankan Premier league and wins, it would not qualify them for the Champions League. Instead, it would be the second-placed Sri Lankan team which would move on to the Champions League. It is a similar situation that happens here in the West Indies, when English teams, as well as Holland have been visiting but cannot qualify for the Champions League by winning the West Indies tournament, they have to win their own .
T&T would have to win the West Indies tournament to move on to the Champions league, even if they play outside of the region. The source continued: “There is a situation where a club championship will be taking place in the region soon. The WICB will then have to decided if they are keeping the regional T20 and if they are, who will qualify for the Champions League, the countries or the clubs.”
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