By Stanford Conway
Cable and Wireless donated last Friday, Nov. 4, a moveable all-weather cricket pitch to the St. Kitts Cricket Association at a handing-over ceremony at the C&W sports ground.
Chief Executive Officer Patricia Walters, on behalf of C&W, handed over the “Flicx” pitch to president of the cricket association, Ingle Liburd.
Walters said cricket had continued to define the people in the region, their struggles from colonialism to post independence. She said cricket was one of the long-standing institutions that has served them well as a Caribbean people.
“Cable and Wireless, likewise, has been rooted in Caribbean history for well over a century and, for decades, we shared the passion of this game with every West Indian,” Walters said.
She said C&W wanted to encourage all those who wished to play the game, but they must first consult with the cricket association and work out an arrangement for use of the pitch, if the area in which they normally play did not provide a good one.
“Likewise, we want the St. Kitts Cricket Association to not only be custodians of this pitch but to ensure that it is put to good use. Nothing would please us more than to know that cricket is played 365 days of the year, if possible, with availability of this facility,” she added.
Walters noted that the pitch was fully endorsed by leading cricket authorities around the world and it was recently approved for hardball games.
“This means,” she emphasised, “that even our local cricket league can be played on this surface, adding to the number of pitches that we have available for first class matches.”
She also encouraged the cricket association to exhaust all the possibilities that the pitch would bring, with the hope that cricket in the Federation would be taken to a new high.
“It goes without saying that we expect you to exercise care in the use and storage of this pitch so that it would serve all those who wish to use it for a long time. Yes, Cable and Wireless takes its investment in young people, sports and education seriously, but you, as the beneficiaries, have an important role to play and must prove yourself worthy of this continued investment,” Walters said.
In response to the gesture, Liburd thanked the CEO and noted how great a corporate citizen the company has been to cricket, other sports organisations and in various communities.