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WICB announce 2012 pink-ball fixtures

Pink-ball day/night cricket will again feature in the 2012 West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) regional four day first-class competition.

Four matches will be played in the format, which was first used in the West Indies in 2010 but did not feature in the competition last season.

Matches will take place at the 3Ws Oval and Kensington Oval in Barbados, the Sir Vivian Richard’s Ground in Antigua and one at the Guyana National Stadium.

All seven teams will play in at least one day/night match in the competition which will run from February 3 to April 10.


MCC’s Head of Cricket John Stephenson reacted positively to the news.

The former England player said: “I’m delighted that the pink-ball, day/night format is going to be used in the West Indies domestic competition in 2012.

“MCC, and the World Cricket Committee in particular, has led the research into the potential for this format to be used in Test matches in the future.

“Each first-class match played is adding to the wealth of evidence available about how the conditions work and that can only be a positive thing.”

MCC’s World Cricket Committee first called for the possibility of day/night Test cricket in 2009.

Since then, first-class matches have been played in Pakistan, the West Indies and in September last year in the English LV County Championship.

MCC has also played its annual Champion County match in Abu Dhabi for the past two seasons.

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