Trinidad and Tobago champions Central Sports will play at the 2018 US Open T20 tournament.
News of this came to hand yesterday when founder of CCUSA Mahammad Qureshi agreed to allow the champions in for his 10th anniversary tournament. Central Sports became the Trinidad and Tobago champions last Friday when they defeated Queen’s Park II in their clash at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South.
Batting first, Queen’s Park made 134/4 and Central Sports ran away winners at 135 for three with the veteran Shazan Babwah and Windward Islands player Keddy Lesporis taking them home with excellent batting. They won by five wickets with two overs to spare. For their efforts Central Sports won US$10,000 but they now have their eyes fixed on the US Open prize which totals US$100,000.
Qureshi is very happy that the winning team is coming to Fort Lauderdale to play. “I am very happy that they are coming to play in the tournament because it means they are a quality team. We cannot allow teams that are not up to a certain standard to play in the US Open anymore because the competition is stiff. We also have to guard against diluting the quality of the tournament. Central Sports are winners in a tough league and they will add to our tournament this year.” The US Open T20 will be played from October 24 to 28 at the Central Broward Regional Stadium.
President of Central Sports Richard Ramkissoon is thrilled by the idea of his team making its debut at the US Open. “We have always read about the US Open and some of my players who have travelled there to play with other teams have told us just how great the tournament is. We are now getting our chance to go across there and play in the tournament and we are looking to win the title.”