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Payne wants change in BCA format

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Payne wants change in BCA format

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Long-standing coach of relegated Elite Division side, Crane Resort St Catherine, Thelston Payne, is calling on the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) to restructure its domestic season.

The former Barbados and West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman urged the BCA to end the promotion-relegation system, play the Elite Division competition earlier in the year during the drier months and abandon the bonus batting and bowling points.

Payne made the suggestions after St Catherine lost their fifth match of the season, but insisted his remarks were not sour grapes following the demotion of the Bayfield, St Philip side for the first time since they were promoted to the then Division 1 competition in 1978.

“I want to say that this promotion and demotion needs to stop because at the end of the day, some clubs are going to cheat in terms of preparing poor pitches, making declarations to prevent you from gaining bonus points or not cutting the outfield if you are batting in order to gain an unfair advantage and to get through all the time,” he told Weekend Sport.