Six premier league clubs; Police Cricket Club, Midwest Club, Old Edwardians CC, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Force (RSLAF CC), newly promoted duo, Regent Olympic and Kent Cricket Club will all battle in this year’s Sierra Leone Cricket Association/Mercury International One Day International (ODI) league.
According to the SLCA chief executive officer, Francis Trevor Samura, the Kingtom oval will be ready for action by Friday as they have embarked on the daily task of getting the grounds in order for the tournament.
He further revealed that Thursday’s meeting with the participating teams is to discuss the standard ODI playing conditions, what is expected from Umpires, scorers, players and players support personnel.
“The ODI league is the pathways to the Africa Division (1) tournament slated for April 2017 and possibly the road leading to the prestigious ICC Division 5. In that plight, much is expected from all parties concerned and the SLCA will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the league is conducted within rules and regulations of cricket,” Samura said adding that the ICC standards will be fully adhered to.
The earlier postponement of the tournament was as a result of the defending champions, Sierra Leone Police’s failure to honor last Sunday's match against Midwest Club, however the SLCA chief executive officer revealed that after further consultative meetings with the Police Sports committee officials, RSLAF and other relevant stakeholders, the Police staff did explain their reasons for the no show and promised that such an incident will not be repeated again.
He said: “We reached an agreement that the league will commence this Saturday 19th November 2016 at both the Prince Of Wales Ovals and the old Kingtom oval.”