By RON FANFAIR
The format of most Americas regional cricket tournaments may soon change from 50 overs to the Twenty/20 format, said International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas regional manager, Martin Vieira.
“We are looking at establishing a Twenty/20 ranking in the region because the global qualifier may be expanded to take in more teams and we will have to have a ranking system,” he said. “At the moment, the teams that play in the America’s Cup competition are already embedded in the World Cricket League. Their position will not change regardless of how they do in the regional Americas series which is now basically just for bragging rights.”
This year’s Americas Cup series takes place in Bermuda from May 28 to June 7.
In addition to the host country, the other competing teams are Canada, the United States, Argentina, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
Vieira also said that the first ever Americas Division Four tournament will be held in Mexico City in June.
“This event is for countries that have never played in an ICC tournament,” he said. “As a first for them, it’s a big event.”
Costa Rica, the Falkland Islands and Cuba will join Mexico in the four-team competition at the Reforma Athletic Club in Mexico City. The ground has two turf wickets.
In July, Canada and the United States will meet in a three-game 50-overs series in King City to decide which team will advance to the Women’s World Cup qualifier in 2011 at a venue to be named.
Vieira also told Share that this year’s America’s regional forum will be held in Brazil on May 1 and 2.
“One of the things we will be taking a close look at is the countries that are not reaching their membership criteria,” he said. “The criteria was changed two years ago and the bar was raised to a higher level with countries given two years to meet them. The grace period ends in June and we will be looking at where those countries are at. There is a concern about the lack of growth in some ICC Associate and Affiliate countries where the game has become stagnant.”