Jamaica blanks on Womens T20 matches

Jamaica blanks on Womens T20 matches
Australia’s Ellyse Perry, center, watches as West Indies’ Shaquana Quintyne tries to field a ball during the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Sunday, April 3, 2016.
Associated Press / Bikas Das, File

Jamaica has blanked staging any of the upcoming Women’s Twenty20 World Cup matches in the Caribbean because of the high cost.

This was disclosed by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Billy Heaven, who said the association simply could not afford to host any of the 23 matches, which will be played in the region between Nov. 9 and 24.

Those matches will be played in Guyana, St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda.

He said after looking at the cost it was not reasonable to ask the government to fund it, unless there were major benefits.

Heaven said while there was always much talk about the benefits of sports tourism, there needed to be studies done to quantify how much countries actually benefit from it.

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