Despite prior assurances, St. Kitts is not included in the ICC T20 World Cup warm-up schedule

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Despite earlier assurances from the Minister of Sports, Samal Duggins, that St. Kitts would host warm-up games for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, the official schedule announced last week does not include any matches in St. Kitts. This follows the disappointment in September when St. Kitts and Nevis did not bid to host World Cup games.

The confirmed venues for the warm-up matches, which will take place from May 27 to June 1, include the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Texas, the Broward County Stadium in Florida, and two venues in Trinidad and Tobago – the Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. These venues will host a total of 16 warm-up matches, but St. Kitts is notably absent from the list.

In a statement made in September, Minister Duggins had declared that St. Kitts would be a venue for warm-up games, providing some consolation after the island did not bid to host any official World Cup matches. However, the recent schedule release has confirmed otherwise.

The St. Kitts Cricket Association (SKCA) and the St. Kitts & Nevis Federal Ministry of Sports have secured an alternative arrangement to welcome four international teams for pre-tournament training. Teams from Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Canada, and Afghanistan have selected St. Kitts as their training destination ahead of the World Cup. These teams arrived on the island on May 12 and will engage in intensive training sessions and friendly practice matches over a 10-day period.

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