West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron says Antigua and Barbuda will be the permanent home of cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies cricket teams, at all levels, will meet there for training ahead of competitions. The WICB says that this makes sense since the body is already headquartered on the island. WICB marketing & communications manager, Carole Beckford, says that the new arrangement was made possible because of the relationship between the board and the Antiguan government. “All of the developmental infrastructure, the high performance centre, the centre of training – all of that facility will be in Antigua,” she says. “It was brought about by the arrangement we have with Antigua with regards to the former Stanford Cricket Ground – also known as ‘Sticky Wicket’. The government of Antigua and the West Indies Cricket Board have a Memorandum of Understanding and a relationship to occupy that property.” Beckford told The Gleaner that the remodelling of the cricket field is currently under way and other facilities such as the restaurant and the athletic club, will be built up over the next three years. Cameron says that this will follow the work the board has done to increase its full time staff to 300. This includes players (both men and women), administrators and umpires on retainer contracts. He added that this means that Jamaica has a lot more to do in order to not fall behind Antigua and the rest of the region with regard to cricket. “The rest of the region has engaged cricket much more than Jamaica,” he says. He would add that this is also why Jamaica has not been granted many Test matches by the WICB recently. This is because Sabina Park, which he describes as the “major cricket stadium”, is in Kingston. “I was recently asked why we aren’t seeing more Test matches in the island [Jamaica],” the president said. “Maybe one of the reasons is that our major cricket stadium is in the city. Some of us don’t see the city as a tourist destination. The other islands are not that big so all the stadiums are on the sea, basically. When we go to the governments in the region, they’re all begging (for) West Indies cricket, except Jamaica and that is a reality.” Cameron says the WICB facilitates negotiations with whichever government contacts it, as it is running a business. This business, he says, will bring more people and jobs to each Caribbean territory as he said the WICB is running what he describes as a sports industry in cricket.
Roddy Collins brings his bottom of the table Waterford United side to Finn Park on Saturday evening as Finn Harps look to keep their promotion push going as the season fast approaches it’s conclusion.However, Harps are unlikely to have it all their own way against a side who they have beaten on three occasions already this season.With little more than pride left to play for, Waterford seem to be ending their season without any pressure and playing with a freedom that has seen them score in each of their last six games – including six in their last two games. The last side to hold them scoreless was Harps when they ran out 3-0 winners at the RSC last July.“Waterford will be a huge test for us especially with the players they have added to their team including the Galvin brothers who are excellent footballers,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he looked ahead to the weekend’s game.“They are playing some great attacking football as their recent results indicate. The last time Waterford came to Ballybofey they played us off the pitch at times so we are in for a very difficult game,” he warned.“All games are massive at this stage and can go either way in so far as anyone can beat another on a particular night,” continued Horgan. Last Friday night, Harps beat Cabinteely by the odd goal in five at Stradbrook. Harps had raced into a 3-0 lead after just half-an-hour but the Dublin side scored twice in the second half to leave Harps sweating somewhat in the latter stages of the game.“The Cabinteely game very much a game of two halves,” said Horgan. “We started well and raced into an early lead but the second half belonged to them and we were relieved to get out of there with a narrow win.”“I don’t think we need any more wake up calls,” he said of the warming Cabinteely gave his side. “At the start of the second half Cabinteely came out and scored an excellent early goal through Karl Byrne and added a second with five or six minutes left in the game. They also hit the post in between so we were glad to hear the final whistle.”Matt Crossan is available for selection again for the visit of Waterford on Saturday having missed the win over Cabinteely through suspension. Packie Mailey is the only likely absentee on Saturday as he is carrying an injury.Harps have held the upper hand on Saturday’s opponents in recent times. Ollie Horgan’s side have won all three meetings between the teams this season bringing to five the number of consecutive victories that Harps have recorded over the Suirsiders – all this after they had failed to beat Waterford in any of their previous nine encounters. TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-D-L-W-W (10 pts)Waterford United: D-L-L-L-W-L (4 pts)BOTTOM BOYS WATERFORD VISIT AS HARPS’ PROMOTION PUSH CONTINUES was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkRoddy CollinsWaterford Utd