Caribbean cricket stadia in need of cosmetic changes - ICC inspection team

Sabina Park

Some cricket stadia in the Caribbean are in need of facelifts and other cosmetic changes but the greater emphasis will be on filling seats when the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 bowls off on November 2.

That was the assessment from the ICC team that just concluded an inspection of cricket facilities across the region as they prepare for the Women’s World Cup that will be held in isolation for the first time in its history.

The team, which included representatives of event operations, broadcast, and media, also met with the officials of Cricket West Indies in Antigua to discuss event objectives and targets, inspected 11 venues in eight countries and will now make recommendations to the ICC Board for ratification.

“On behalf of the inspection team, I thank all the venues for, not only their warm and friendly welcome but also assisting us with a 360-degree inspection of the venues,” said ICC’s Senior Event Operations Manager, Simon Jelowitz.

“With the event now less than 12 months away, we have a very good understanding of how the venues operate, and what needs to be done to deliver an international event with a uniquely Caribbean flavour with the support of the CWI and the venues.

“Though most of the venues, if not all, require some facelift and cosmetic changes, the main point we have emphasized on this visit is to ensure strong crowd attendances. This is consistent with our strategic objectives of maintaining the momentum from the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, where a packed-to-capacity Lord’s watched England beat India by nine runs in a thrilling final.

Jelowitz said Cricket West Indies (CWI) will now internally discuss the potential venues before recommending these to its Board of Directors for approval. The selected venues will then be presented to the ICC Board for ratification in February 2018.

The ICC venue inspection team visited Sabina Park in Jamaica, National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, Queen’s Park Oval and Brian Lara Cricket Ground in Trinidad, National Cricket Stadium in Guyana, Three Ws Oval and Kensington Oval in Barbados, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, Warner Park in St Kitts, and Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

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