St Lucia is gearing up to host the inaugural Double Wicket World Cup which will run over a period of three days from 4th-6th April 2003. The event will be held at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in the West Indies.
Two leading all-rounders from eight test playing countries have been invited to compete in a bid to become Double Wicket World Champions and net a share of a US$175,000 prize fund.
‘The St Lucia Tourist Board is delighted to announce an agreement that the Double Wicket World Cup will be held annually at the Beausejour Cricket Ground for the next ten years,’ said Desmond Skeete, Chairman of the St Lucia tourist board. ‘We are very pleased to be welcome some of the world’s leading all-round cricketers to St Lucia and developing an international event featuring fantastic sports entertainment and fierce cricketing competition’.
What is Double Wicket Cricket?
Each team consists of two players who must bat and bowl.
When a player loses a wicket, 10 runs are deducted from the batting teams total and the player remains at the crease.
Each innings is eight overs long and the fielding team bowl four overs for each.
All fielding including wicket keeping is carried out by international guest fielders.
Confirmed players so far include, Carl Hooper
partnered by Chris Gayle, Wasim Akram
partnered by Shahid Afridi, Aravinda de Silva, Allen Donald
and Adam Hollioake.
is a simple and exciting form of cricket. It will entice big hitting play as well as an increased level of wickets falling. The entertainment value will be high as spectators see a result from each match virtually ever hour.