PORT-OF-SPAIN: Trinidad and Tobago has been given an opportunity to bid for Test, one day and T20 matches between the WINDIES and England and also between the WINDIES and India next year.
This was revealed by president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Dave Cameron, who meet with T&T officials recently. Speaking exclusively to Guardian Media, the CWI boss revealed that he made a trip to Trinidad and paid a visit to minister of Sport Shamfa Cudjoe, to bring her up to date with what is on offer in terms of international cricket for this country.
“We have two very good tours next year with England and India visiting, so I have been going around the region to meet with the governments to show them the value of these games in terms of boosting their sport tourism sector. I met with the minister, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Tourism, Vidia Ramkhelwan and Adrian Winter, as well as Jeffrey Guillen who was representing SPORTT. I must say that we had a very productive meeting as I was able to show the benefits of staging matches here in Trinidad and the boost it could have on tourism.”
Minister Cudjoe had stated on her social media page that she met with Cameron saying: “We spoke about how to explore ways in which cricket could be used for Sport Tourism in marketing T&T. He also met with the Ministry of Tourism on that day and then he met with me later in the evening.”
Cameron explained that England will be touring the region in February/March 2019 for a series of three Test matches, five ODIs and three T20s. He added that after the World Cup in England, the Indians will be making a stopover for three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s as well.
He continued, “We have met with most of the governments across the region, letting them know what is on offer and what they need to produce in terms of bidding for these matches. We have met with Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia and Jamaica and we have already gotten some positive responses, in terms of hosting the matches. We are happy that the governments are showing this great interest.”
Asked whether the T&T government showed interest in hosting the matches, Cameron said, “We had a very good meeting and the minister understands what’s needed. She has asked that we send her all the relevant details and we have done such. We also received an email from the ministry stating that they had received our package. I guess they will now meet to discuss the value in coming on board and will contact CWI after.”
The T&T government was chided by the public after not bidding for the ICC Women’s World Cup matches. “The venues will be announced by May 31 they will name the host venues, giving tour operators enough time to work out their logistics.” Noted Cameron.