Cricket fans in Nevis will get their first taste of first class cricket after a long absence when the local organizers of the Caribbean Premier League bring the home franchise, the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots to the Island.
The game which is built for Saturday (Jun. 25) at the Elquemedo Willet Park, would see most of the Patriots international, local and regional stars coming up against a select Premier X1.
At a press conference on Monday (Jun. 20) at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, Chief Operations Officer Richard Berridge explained that preparation is on stream for the hosting of the match.
The first ball would be bowled from 12:00pm and entry is free to all patrons, he noted.
Venue Operations Manager for the LOC, Val Henry disclosed that the game is a joint partnership between the St. Kitts Patriots and the Nevis Island Administration.
“ For us it is a practice game just as we are having one in St. Kitts, but for the folks in Nevis who have not had high level cricket for quite sometime is taking it very seriously,” he said.
He added that based on the recent visit by the media and the organizers last week, they are satisfied with the completed with renovation work that was carried out at the venue.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture in the NIA, Keith Glasgow recently told reporters at a press conference that they approached the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots with hope of having a fixture on that island.
“We had a very productive meeting at the Department of Youth and Sports…And there were there to tell us what to do to get ready for this exhibition game on June 25th. At that meeting we decided that this will be a strategic partnership between the Nevis Island Administration and the SKN Patriots/ CPL,” he stated.
PS Glasgow noted that even though it was an exhibition game, the proper conditions must be suitable for all players involved.
At that juncture, the local government expended monies to have the park which was closed for a number of weeks ready.
However, when the game is completed the park would likely be closed again for an overhaul in the government’s plans to restore the venue to its glory days.
According to the PS, the NIA is hopeful of having a public/private partnership in the execution of the project, since it would be costly for the government to execute the project on its own.
Questioned on the developmental plans for the ground, the PS could not give much information because the plans are still in the pipeline and they are still in talks with the several private sector entities to contribute.
Meanwhile, the T20 exhibition game is expected to be broadcast on the local radio stations while the organizers we still in talks about television coverage.
The Caribbean Premier league competition is expected to bowl off on June 30, when the Patriots come up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors the beaten finalist in 2015.