St. Kitts is again preparing to host international cricket matches when West Indies A team takes on South Africa in the 2010 Digicel Series’ second test match, June 18 – 22. In May, the island successfully hosted eight top female cricket teams in round one of the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament. The full Windies team has not played in St. Kitts since they lost the Australia ODI Series 2-0 in 2008. Clement O’Garro, local Communications and Marketing Manager told The Observer that locals were anxious to see the West Indies team in action, despite their recent string of losses. “The Windies lost the two Digicel T20 Internationals and are 0-4 down in the five-match Digicel ODI Series, but despite that performance I know locals and die-hard West Indies fans will turn out to see their home team in action in their back yard,” he said. West Indies and South Africa will play their first test in the series in Trinidad, June 10 – 14, where the venue was changed to because of the recent civil unrest in Jamaica. The second test will be played at Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, June 18 – 22, then the event will move to the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, for the third and final test match, June 26-30. Whereas the Twenty20 and One-Day-International matches have been marketed regionally, promotions for the test matches are being done on an individual country basis, O’Garro informed. He also announced that tickets have already gone on sale at the Warner Park Cricket Ticket Center, on East Park Range. “The Center will be open daily Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the various match days have different ticket prices. On Friday, 18th June tickets are EC$25 for stands, $15 for grounds, and $30 for the Players Pavilion. On the weekend, Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th, it’s $40 for stands, $20 for grounds and $45 for the Players Pavilion. Ticket prices for Monday, 21st are the same as Friday’s,” he said. O’Garro also informed that ‘season’ tickets, which would cover entry on all five days, are on sale for EC$120. Ticket prices for the final day, Tuesday, 22nd June, will be announced on Monday, 21st June. Officials representing the St. Kitts Cricket Association informed that coming off hosting matches just a few weeks prior, conditions at the Warner Park Stadium have met all required standards and the pitch is being prepared. Windies Head Coach Ottis Gibson remains hopeful for improved performance during the test series, saying the team is working hard to improve their overall cricket. “Losing is tough especially when you lose close matches. On several occasions we put ourselves in good positions to win, but we have failed to capitalize. However the signs are there that we’re moving forward. It takes time. It’s a fact we’re finding it hard to win. Nevertheless, the guys are working hard to improve their overall cricket, their thinking of their game, and that is important,” he said. On the local scene, cricket officials have set high expectations as it relates to crowd turnout. Thousands had filed into Warner Park Cricket Stadium, and witnessed record setting performances By the West Indies female team. No less is expected for the upcoming test match later this month.