MIAMI Dec 18 Cuba will not be able to take part
in the Stanford 20/20 Caribbean cricket competition after U.S
authorities denied the competition's organiser permission to
deal with the island nation.
The competition is backed by U.S businessman Allen Stanford
and under the terms of the U.S embargo against Cuba, Americans
must ask for special permission to engage in commercial activity
with Cuban entities.
Stanford said on Tuesday that his application had been
denied and therefore Cuba would not take part in what would have
been their debut in international cricket.
"We have been anxious to include the entire Caribbean in the
Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament and I am extremely
disappointed that Cuba will not be able to play," said Stanford
in a statement.
"Stanford 20/20 is requesting that the denial from the
United States Government be reconsidered and we are exploring
every option to secure their future participation."
Twenty countries will compete in the knockout tournament
which runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 24 in Antigua.
(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar)