Nagico Super50 tournament kicks off in January

 Cricket with Dalchand Bissoon

Darren Bravo – back at bat.
Darren Bravo – back at bat.

The West Indies Nagico Super50 Tournament opens on Thursday, Jan. 15 in Trinidad & Tobago.

West Indies under-19s and the Combined Campuses & Colleges will form part of an eight-team field in the tournament.

The Combined Campuses & Colleges have been drawn in Group A along with reigning champions Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars and the Windward Islands Volcanoes.

In Group B is the West Indies under-19s, next to the Jamaica Franchise, Leeward Islands Hurricanes and the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force.

Meanwhile, three of West Indies players who are not on tour to South Africa have been included in the Trinidad & Tobago training squad in preparation for the Nagico Super50 tournament.

They include Darren Bravo who was chosen for the West Indies Test team for South Africa but opted out for personal reasons. He had also asked the T&T board not to be considered for selection for the T&T in the WICB four-day Professional League Tournament.

Ravi Rampaul, who was left out of the 30-man provisional West Indies squad for the ICC World Cup in February 2015, who also did not play in the Windies four-day tournament due to personal reason, is named in the squad.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine, who was reported for suspect bowling action in the Champions League T20 tournament in India earlier this year, also has been included.

Also included in the 33-member training squad are leg-spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Kevon Cooper.

In the opening round on Jan. 15 will be Barbados Pride vs Combined Campuses &  Colleges at the National Cricket Centre and the Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Guyana Jaguars at Queen’s Park Oval.

The two semi-finals will be played Jan. 22 and 23 at Queen’s Park Oval and the Grand Final on Sunday, Jan. 24 at the same venue.