News: Stanford to involve new countries…
Looks like Allen Stanfords plans were in line with what we had been wondering, and suggesting.
In the 2007 tournament, Cuba and Turks (a 20K pop country) are going to be included.
There will be no funding for Cuba because of US govt restrictions, but support would be provided in other ways (?)
More interestingly, both Peurto Rico and Dominican republic will also be given this mysterious support, and they are expected to take part in the 2009 competition.
I think this is truly amazing for expansion of cricket, and particularly the Caribbean. One country that for some reason is missing out is Suriname. They are definitely better than Cuba, Dominican and Peurto Rico in terms of standard. I am surprised at why they were overlooked.
You may be seeing a different structure in a few years for this tournament, with the knockout matches giving way to league type matches for the initial stages. I think Stanford would want to have this tournament be at least 3 months long in a season. If somehow he can have that during the summers, it would be the best time for the WI players to not get into issues with the WI international program.