The coronavirus pandemic has brought the whole world to a halt. Sports activities have been stopped and tournaments have been delayed in order to combat the ongoing crisis.
However, finally, we are about to witness a glimpse of hope as pro cricket will finally be resumed. The Vinci Premier League (VPL), a franchise-based T-10 tournament, is starting from today.
West Indies international players will also participate in the league.
Vinci Premier League (VPL) – is a T10 tournament where 6 teams will participate. The league will be played between 22 May to 31 May, at the southern Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
VPL will be the first league to be played in a full-member nation of the ICC after the global pandemic.
6 franchise, 72 players, and 30 matches
The franchisees chose the players on 11 May. A total of 72 players from 6 franchises will participate in the league, including 6 six marquee players.
Among these, Kesrick Williams, Sunil Ambris, and Obed McCoy are a part of the West Indies international cricket team.
A total of 30 matches (3 matches per day) will be played in the 10- day tournament.
Saliva will not be used on the ball
VPL will be the first tournament where bowlers will not be allowed to use saliva on the ball.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Island Cricket Association president Kishore Shailo informed Cricinfo, “Of course, we’ve got put aside areas for the gamers, the pavilions are designed to maintain the gamers from the group. Every staff may have their very own place and so they can maintain bodily distance.”
The viewers can come to the stadium
According to Kishore, till Wednesday, there were a total of 18 cases of COVID-19 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Out of these, 14 had recovered.
Since no restrictions have been imposed by the government, viewers can come to watch the game.