First-class refreshed

The West Indies Cricket Board has unveiled a new-look 2010 regional first-class season that will include unprecedented day/night matches.

Shortened from last year’s home-and-away round-robin format because of funding issues, 21 matches will be played over a two-month period, starting on January 8.

For the first time there will be day/night matches with pink balls and one territory will stage an entire round.

First-round matches will be played in Jamaica, then move to the Leeward Islands, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and finally Windward Islands.

Jamaica begin their title defence on 8 January against the Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago play Combined Campuses and Colleges and Barbados tackle the Leeward Islands.

The hosting of an entire round in one territory, coupled with the creation of a cricket festival atmosphere to offer more scope for sponsorship and event promotion, is also designed to make travel and hotel arrangements easier.