Barbados has been crowned the regional Four-Day champion as Cricket West Indies (CWI) out of an abundance of caution has cancelled the final two rounds of matches in the West Indies Championships.
With two rounds to go, Barbados Pride is out front with 143.8 points followed by T&T Red Force which has 94.6.
Defending champions Guyana Jaguars are in the third position with 91.8 points. Jamaica follows on 91.8 as well. The Windward Islands finish in fifth place with 78 while the Leeward Islands prop up the table with just 52.8 points.
Red Force could have mathematically gone ahead of Barbados with two rounds to go but it would have meant that the Pride had to lose their final two matches without even getting a single bonus point and Red Force would have had to defeat Jamaica and Guyana and gain maximum points. Barbados Pride was averaging 8.31 bonus points per match this season.
The news was confirmed to Guardian Media Sports by CWI vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow who said that the decision was taken at a West Indies board meeting on Tuesday.
"We held a meeting today (yesterday) with the directors and we decided to cancel the tournament at this stage. With two rounds to go, we see it as very difficult to fit in those matches and as such Barbados has been awarded the title."
Shallow also added that the Regional Under-15 tournament carded for Antigua was also cancelled. "We have also cancelled the regional U-15 cricket tournament that was due to be held in Antigua. We will be having another meeting on May 31 to see what's the situation with the rest of our cricket. However, for the time being, the four-day championship has been cancelled and we will keep our eyes on the situation closely as we move forward."
President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath was very proud of the way the team fought back in the series.
"The boys did well and I want to congratulate them. We have to take into consideration what we are facing now with this coronavirus situation and this has held to the decision of CWI to cancel the series."
The regional U-17 women's tournament carded for T&T has been postponed to be played at a later date to be announced.
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