West Indies news December 26, 2010

T&T disappointed at not hosting Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

The chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Association has expressed disappointment at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain not being allotted any Test matches for 2011. West Indies host India and Pakistan in back-to-back home series between April and July 2011 but the Queen's Park Oval, a regular five-day venue, will not be staging any of the five Tests during that period.

"We will have three matches between West Indies and India and these matches are sure to be sold out come June next year," Azim Bassarath said. "However, I have noticed that there are no Test matches for us in 2011 and this leaves us concerned. I understand that one of the legacies of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean is that more venues cropped up and the board would like to please everybody.

"However, we in T&T need to have Test matches here so that our young and developing players can get a taste of the best form of the game."

Instead, the island of Dominica will be hosting its first Test match during the India series, while Sabina Park in Jamaica and the Kensington Oval in Barbados are the two other venues. Bassarath hoped the completion of the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago would enhance the chances of the country hosting more Tests. "I am not bashing the WICB for the situation but what I am saying is that we have to come up with strategies to get more cricket in T&T," he said.

"The Queen's Park Oval is a great venue and would continue to host matches but if we can add the Brian Lara Stadium to that, and of course the stadium is owned by government so the rental will be less, we can be in a better position to bargain for matches."

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  • Robin on January 1, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    QPO is one of the best venue to watch cricket, it represents the caribbean spirit, it has a larger seating capacity and will be sold out- why pass it up?.is the WICB worry that india or pakistan will get some support, that not why the WI team is loosing, its becaused WI cannot play and WICB is living in the past glory days. WICB continue to marginilised one of its better player; Sarwan, is this what it's doing to T&T now?.EXUMA.

  • randolf on December 31, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    If there are going to be five test matches in the Caribbean, in 2011, and only three venues have been selected for them, that means one venue would host two or more matches. If this is the case, I can't see how 'the Board would like to please everybody', in response to the cropping of more venues - 'one of the legacies of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean'. I still think these decisions are made purely on the commerial imperatives of the game in the Caribbean, and do not necessarily have anything to do with spreading cricketing opportunities to the youths of the region - which should be the main goal of administering the game we love so well.

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    No disrespect to T & T they are the better side in the west indies but its not about only T & T its about west indies. All and any caribbean island should be able to host a test match or a one day or a twenty/20 on any given day or time. We are all part of the west indies and T & T should be happy and proud of the other countries making the changes to host cricket matches. Trini's need to shut up and support or they gonna find themselve sliding down the bottom of the ladder with that selfish attitude as have statted with guyana, ccc and barbados starting to win titles. It makes no sense the stadium is filled and there is no win result for west indies. BRILLIANT WICB now we are begining to see that cricket is part of the west indies and not an individual islands sport and with that west indies will rise.

  • Camaal on December 29, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    T&T should stop crying fowl...we are all west indian the games should be spread among all the islands. Dominica has been a great host in the ODI's that they have gotten to date....the ground is certified for test so if the WICB decides to hold a test there no one should complain. Population has zero to do with filling a stadium. We should all just focus on WI cricket not our selfish goals.

    T&T should stop crying FOWL...end of story.

  • giovaughn on December 28, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    maybe t&t should get warner park's test vs Pakistan the pitches in Guyana & St Kitts are normally no good for quality test cricket

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    It is ridiculous and absurd. For decades now the so called BIG FOUR of Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados, have hosted the bulk of West Indies' home test matches. during that time, not one of them said anything that the other islands should get some of that cricket so that their young players can develop. But just this one that some of them are not allotted, and they begin to cry FOWL. This shows the level of selfishness in some of the islands. We are a group of Islands together, but they only want to see them alone move up. They want everything for themselves. It is very shameful of those people. Some of you all think that you are the only ones with talent to play for WEST INDIES, but you must realize that the other islands have talent too, and that those young talent need to see the highest level so that they can have an appetite for the game, so that we can get back to the old tradition of producing the best cricketers in the world. Give DOMINICA a break. We are West Indies too.

  • Allan on December 27, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    These posters are missing the point. It's not about sell-out crowds and gate receipts. It's about TV rights and the large English/European audience that Eurosport, which was the purchaser of the TV rights are concerned about. So for that matter, the tests could be held anywhere regardless of population size; and that's one reason Dominica is a venue. The Sabina test will be played Monday to Friday which does not fit the leasure time of the WI spectator. It fits the European ones because much of the play will be seen in Europe at night, and week-nights at that when there is a large "captive" audience, so I won't be surprised if Eurosport paid WICB more for a week-day test than for a weekend test. T&T could not fill Queens Park in any one day of a Monday to Friday test. WICB cannot rely on gate receipts to meet all the retainer contracts by charging $20.00TT a person most of whom are unreliable attendees. T&T was also a big disappointment in the WICB T20, why should they be rewarded?

  • joe on December 27, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Well done WICB. Hosting India in Trinidad gives India home field advantage. I love the QPO but they can wait for another international series.

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Is the WICB really serious? An island with over 1 million people wiith the largest cricket stadium in the region and arguably the best team in the region is consistently ommitted from hosting test matches. What folly! But they continue to prefer islands with hardly 100,000 people and with stadia that hold less than 10,000 people.

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    The WI board never ceases to disappoint!! How can they not schedule at least one Test match in Trinidad? This is amazing!! Only in Trinidad and Guyana, India and Pakistan has a chance to draw sellout crowds. How many fans will go to the Test(s) in Dominica? Jamaica has not drawn well in Test for several years now. Why does Barbados always have to be catered to? They always get the prime matches!! Trinidad has the best run cricketing organization in the WI and should be rewarded.

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