West Indies news July 6, 2012

T20s in Florida an abomination - Guyana President

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Guyana President Donald Ramotar has strongly criticised the West Indies Cricket Board for moving the two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand to Florida. Ramotar said that the decision was an "abomination" and unfair to the Caribbean regional governments who had spent heavily in the development of stadiums.

"Governments invested millions of dollars in building facilities to enhance the game and to promote the growth of the sport," Ramotar said. "However, today we face the abomination - key matches are now being taken out of the region while some of our territories are deliberately deprived. This must be of great concern to us.

"West Indies Cricket is not the private property of some administrators but it is a regional public good."

West Indies hosted New Zealand in Florida for the T20I leg of the ongoing bilateral tour, a decision WICB president Julian Hunte had described as "long overdue."

"This was a bold expansion of the series beyond the shores of the Caribbean, and we are excited to have brought the game back to the scores of West Indies fans in North America," Hunte said.

Ramotar, however, said that cricket administrators were working in self-interest. "Cricket is one of the first truly regional institutions that has fostered the confidence that we can successfully integrate," Ramotar said. "It has given us heroes and role models and is perhaps the best emblem we have of our regional identity.

"Some administrators of the sport seem not to care about the importance of this institution but more about perpetuating themselves at any cost."

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  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 9, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Most of what the board need to support the team will be sourced ABROAD and paid for quite possibly in DOLLAR$, so the board could do more with the YANKY dollar than the EC or any other undervalued currency. It makes economic sense to host some of your games elsewhere where the paying public and numbers entering the stadia is greater than that prepared to view it FREE from an internet streaming site. I do believe at the time of planning it was mindful that some US based ex-pats would be celebrating independence (JULY 4th) and the true and even the more affluent WI supporters would cease on the opportunity to go up to Florida to shop and watch some cricket.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 9, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @rsgarcia there goes a business opportunity for an umbrella salesman. Why were the spectators not prepared for the eventualities of their local climate?

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Two T20 games in Florida can only do us good. West Indians in the diaspora have been aching to see live cricket. 16000 fans in Florida is no mean feat and at top dollar! With so many venues in the Caribbean do you really believe that anyone would be happy when the venues are announced. In recent time Dominica with such a small population made a strong case for being identified as a test venue only adding to the woes of the WICB. This clearly reminds me of LIAT having to serve destinations that are not profitable just because some silly head of state wants to play the insularity tune.I laugh at the suggestion that fans were running away from the sun in Jamaica- they had too because there was ample empty space to run too. Strange thing uh? First ODI rain affected play second too much sun....really funny stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    trinidad and guyana hardly even get international matches anymore and yet these both countries get the largest crowds.......WICB really needs 2 spread the home games around the caribbean its WEST INDIES not

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | July 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I agree with Mr President stating that the WICB in particular, Mr Hunte is "more about perpetuating themselves at any cost", however in this instance I will let slide. Its good promotion, vision. USA is a huge market and West Indies is the closest in geographic proximate to the US (except canada). A few T20's wont dent the bankroll of WICB. Worse case we lose a few hundred thousand, if they penetrate and lock a good market deal, we may be able to retain Gayle and Crew when IPL comes around....money shouldnt be a problem.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    When ever Cricket plays in the Caribbean or Guyana those same people who went to florida goes to the Caribbean and Guyana along with local people and fill the same stadiums as a matter of fact Providence stadium always packed when its Cricket, Next thing WI boards gets revenue and also the Country and more revenue through tourism soo it is rightly said if its played at home its a win win situation and can someone tell me when was the last time an international match played at guyana? We must voice our concern we utilise millions of dollars to build the stadium im 100% sure that wad not short sighte, should we leave it to rot or start playing football since we cant get cricket matches??

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Nissnut you don't understand. If they promote WI crikcet to new audiences and sell TV rights to new markets, pretty soon these people will be visisting the caribbean to see WI play. So that's A LOT pro profitable than spending a few guyanese dollars for 6 hrs of cricket in a stadium that's not even full. Short-sighted. Caribbean people have no vision and that's why we always end up begging Europe for special treatment. We need to handle our own business.

  • POSTED BY Nissnut on | July 8, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You all are missing the point. For the 2007 World Cup the regional governments underwrote and financed the redevelopment of stadiums and in some cases the building of new ones. It is then only fair after spending hundreds of millions of tax payers (and fans) money, to expect a return on your investment. The empty stadiums don't tell the full story. We are still in a recession and even though West Indies are now winning, months ago they were playing mediocre cricket. We Windies fans expect value for our money. Plus the WICB showed us with the scheduling of the Indian Tour that television rights is more important to them than fans in the stands.I understand that this is a business but the WICB needs to balance their business interests with thier responsibilities to the regional fans.

  • POSTED BY rsgarcia on | July 8, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    What nonsense. First, the match in Trinidad was at least 2/3 full on three days. It was fullest on Sunday, the first day, because that was the WEEKEND. During the week, people have to work, and scheduling a Test during the week had never been done before. And still people turned out. The crowd in Jamaica today was hiding in the shade. It had nothing to do with the stadium being empty. And T20s would sell out in the Caribbean anywhere they are held. We can spare half a day, or a day from work. Giving our best matches to foreigners and expats is suicide. Just put another T20 in Trinidad. It will sell out in two hours. As for those who think they games in Florida would have little interest for Americans--shows how you DIDN'T watch the matches. They were practically sold out. There are over 1500 cricket clubs in the US, so there is a market. But let it be homegrown. You'll never see England playing T20s in France, so why were we in Florida? Cricinfo, please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    where this man come from nout stands half empty, sabina wasn't full to capacity soley because most of the crowd bungled in the shade instead of being in the hot jamaican sun! cho!

  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 9, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Most of what the board need to support the team will be sourced ABROAD and paid for quite possibly in DOLLAR$, so the board could do more with the YANKY dollar than the EC or any other undervalued currency. It makes economic sense to host some of your games elsewhere where the paying public and numbers entering the stadia is greater than that prepared to view it FREE from an internet streaming site. I do believe at the time of planning it was mindful that some US based ex-pats would be celebrating independence (JULY 4th) and the true and even the more affluent WI supporters would cease on the opportunity to go up to Florida to shop and watch some cricket.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 9, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @rsgarcia there goes a business opportunity for an umbrella salesman. Why were the spectators not prepared for the eventualities of their local climate?

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Two T20 games in Florida can only do us good. West Indians in the diaspora have been aching to see live cricket. 16000 fans in Florida is no mean feat and at top dollar! With so many venues in the Caribbean do you really believe that anyone would be happy when the venues are announced. In recent time Dominica with such a small population made a strong case for being identified as a test venue only adding to the woes of the WICB. This clearly reminds me of LIAT having to serve destinations that are not profitable just because some silly head of state wants to play the insularity tune.I laugh at the suggestion that fans were running away from the sun in Jamaica- they had too because there was ample empty space to run too. Strange thing uh? First ODI rain affected play second too much sun....really funny stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    trinidad and guyana hardly even get international matches anymore and yet these both countries get the largest crowds.......WICB really needs 2 spread the home games around the caribbean its WEST INDIES not

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | July 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I agree with Mr President stating that the WICB in particular, Mr Hunte is "more about perpetuating themselves at any cost", however in this instance I will let slide. Its good promotion, vision. USA is a huge market and West Indies is the closest in geographic proximate to the US (except canada). A few T20's wont dent the bankroll of WICB. Worse case we lose a few hundred thousand, if they penetrate and lock a good market deal, we may be able to retain Gayle and Crew when IPL comes around....money shouldnt be a problem.

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    When ever Cricket plays in the Caribbean or Guyana those same people who went to florida goes to the Caribbean and Guyana along with local people and fill the same stadiums as a matter of fact Providence stadium always packed when its Cricket, Next thing WI boards gets revenue and also the Country and more revenue through tourism soo it is rightly said if its played at home its a win win situation and can someone tell me when was the last time an international match played at guyana? We must voice our concern we utilise millions of dollars to build the stadium im 100% sure that wad not short sighte, should we leave it to rot or start playing football since we cant get cricket matches??

  • POSTED BY on | July 8, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Nissnut you don't understand. If they promote WI crikcet to new audiences and sell TV rights to new markets, pretty soon these people will be visisting the caribbean to see WI play. So that's A LOT pro profitable than spending a few guyanese dollars for 6 hrs of cricket in a stadium that's not even full. Short-sighted. Caribbean people have no vision and that's why we always end up begging Europe for special treatment. We need to handle our own business.

  • POSTED BY Nissnut on | July 8, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You all are missing the point. For the 2007 World Cup the regional governments underwrote and financed the redevelopment of stadiums and in some cases the building of new ones. It is then only fair after spending hundreds of millions of tax payers (and fans) money, to expect a return on your investment. The empty stadiums don't tell the full story. We are still in a recession and even though West Indies are now winning, months ago they were playing mediocre cricket. We Windies fans expect value for our money. Plus the WICB showed us with the scheduling of the Indian Tour that television rights is more important to them than fans in the stands.I understand that this is a business but the WICB needs to balance their business interests with thier responsibilities to the regional fans.

  • POSTED BY rsgarcia on | July 8, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    What nonsense. First, the match in Trinidad was at least 2/3 full on three days. It was fullest on Sunday, the first day, because that was the WEEKEND. During the week, people have to work, and scheduling a Test during the week had never been done before. And still people turned out. The crowd in Jamaica today was hiding in the shade. It had nothing to do with the stadium being empty. And T20s would sell out in the Caribbean anywhere they are held. We can spare half a day, or a day from work. Giving our best matches to foreigners and expats is suicide. Just put another T20 in Trinidad. It will sell out in two hours. As for those who think they games in Florida would have little interest for Americans--shows how you DIDN'T watch the matches. They were practically sold out. There are over 1500 cricket clubs in the US, so there is a market. But let it be homegrown. You'll never see England playing T20s in France, so why were we in Florida? Cricinfo, please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    where this man come from nout stands half empty, sabina wasn't full to capacity soley because most of the crowd bungled in the shade instead of being in the hot jamaican sun! cho!

  • POSTED BY aptie on | July 7, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    I watched both ODI in Jamaica and the stadium was nearly empty. The tv crew showed one section of the stands to make it look like it was full. In Florida there was 16,000 for both T20. Do you play the game in empty stadiums or sell out in Florida at an average of $40 per ticket, and you still get the TV revenue. That is a lot of cash to leave on the table.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    From which planet is Ramotar from? I a now looking at the the second ODI being played in Jamaica and the stands are half empty with local hero Gayle in fine form.Players need more money.....to avoid them going to IPL so WICB need to make the best business decisons. Stands were filled in Florida. Maybe he should address the many Guyanese in the diaspora and ask them first if they are opposed to games in Florida. Very bold decision Mr Hunte that paid off handsomely.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Sorry, Guyanese President got it wrong, maybe ill advised. Certainly a myopic way of looking at the issue. Needs to see the bigger picture.

  • POSTED BY MMZCric on | July 7, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Well said Mr. President. WI cricket board at its best again. They want the fans to come out in full, but continue to give them reasons to stay away.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Exactly, Local fans aren't paying any much money and let so much people in for free. If guyana can't find use for thier flood lights then that is their problem. Trinidad always has tournaments going on with club cricket. We're not expecting to make money from WI cricket and we put so much money towards it. Its for regional integration not so you can make a profit while the team does not. We need to promote brand WI. When our brand is out there we can start selling TV rights. People would buy tickets online and come to the islands just to see WI play. Showing cricket on TV is like free advertising of the countries. But here is this man fussing about a stupid gate charge that is not going to be much anyway.

  • POSTED BY lazytrini on | July 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Typical myopia that is hurting WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY atwifan on | July 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    The reality is that a significant portion of gate receipts for cricket in the West Indies comes from expatriate West Indians and visitors from countries with a cricketing heritage. Like it or not we are a small population and unless and until the on field performance of our team improves revenues will depend on the opposing team playing in the WI. The notion of exhibition games outside the WI is absolute nonsense in this era of Willow TV and other internet based access to sports. So what is the issue taking a few T20 games to an area where a city or 2 will have a population larger than the total WI population?

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Not only was it a good idea to play in Florida, but the WICB needs to expand to New york City, and to Toronto as well, notwithstanding the short-sighted Guyanese president. It's more cost effective to include the Florida venue, than that one all the way down in the south American nation of Guyana. Not only that, but, seeing that Guyana is not currently on the list of venues under consideration by the WICB, I'm sure the president has bigger fish to fry.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    We already NEVER utilize footlights we paid to install across the region for international limited overs cricket because we're trying to get broadcast dollars from Indian television view ship, hence denying ourselves better local crowds, especially during the working week. Now we've took it a step further. Not only are we not using the lights, we're not using the grounds because we're chasing imaginary 'extra' revenue in Florida.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    the reason for those games in florida is two fold expanding the game of cricket and also the w/i will make more money than taking those games to guyana the exchange in guyana dollars dont compensate the w/i for taking teams there and also ramotar should understand that cricket is run in a more democratic way than how he runs guyana it is only a matter of time before guyana is excluded from the wicbc so let ramotar find something else to fret about many of the writer who is saying the game belongs to the people of the w/i i agree with them but they have to realize that this is a business not a plaything we r talking about here so if they r making the money in florida so be it these caribbean leaders havent done nothing for these same cricketers they r talking about

  • POSTED BY KTiwari on | July 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    It is waste of time and money by bringing WI Vs NZ game to US. First in US there is hardly any interest and second both the teams do not create any excitement for little amount of fans available in USA.

  • POSTED BY NAZMO-CRICKFANN on | July 7, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    MR. RAMOUTAR IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IF THE ISSUE IS DEVELOPMENT OF CRICKET IN AMERICA, THEN THAT NEEDS TO BE HANDLED BY A SEPERATE BODY... THE DUTY OF THE WICBC IS DEVELOPMENT OF CRICKET IN THE WEST INDIES . WHICH THEY HAVE DONE A MISERABLE JOB OF OF. OBVIOUSLY THE WICBC HAS ITS DIFFERENCES WITH THE GUYANA GOVT AND EOPLE .. THEY ARE VERY OUTSPOKEN

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | July 7, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Cricket is more than welcome in south Florida. Whyever not - matches in the 2007 World Cup were originally meant to be scheduled there. Future fixtures against England and India will be sell outs at Lauderhill. Forward thinking by the WICB and it avoids the petty, destrcutive island politics.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    West Indians are kicking up a fuss for 2 20/20 matches but what about the test matches. I attended the Trinidad test and barring the 1st day when over 60's were allowed in free the stadium was 1/3 full every day. How many of you all actually pay your money and go to test matches??

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    This is so short sighted. How much money can two T20 games generate in Guyana. How much money are guyanese fans paying to see Cricket. I am sure it is much less that what the fans in florida paid. Further did they ever think that if we market WI cricket in florida more people will want to see us play, hence TV rights, Hence more money for WI. It is not killing anyone to miss 6 hrs of cricket against an uncompetative side. If it was Aus, Ind, Englad I would understand the hoopla but New Zealand? who is dropping hundreads to see Wi v. NZ. The matches are almost boring at this point.

  • POSTED BY terr2003 on | July 6, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    why do you think cricket will become bigger in the united states, only way cricket can become big in the united is if the united states have very good team that can compete at international level with other teams it will be get big, we have seen this with football for the last 30 years. these matches should not have been played in the USA 20/20 is the only form of cricket that really excite west indies fans, because the only form of cricket that the team really have a chance of winning. You always keep the best for your home fans. if west indies wants a better following then need to invest more into the game at home first before you take it over seas. Why hasn't India or England or Australia try to move there game to the USA because the know there is not that much of a following here. Keep the game at home and invite the fans to visit that the was to spread the game not the other way around.

  • POSTED BY m0se on | July 6, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    West Indies is in a unique position to exploit the US market. The sports money in the US is in a different league.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | July 6, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    I am by no means a fan of the WICB, however, what is really the issue here? What is the problem with playing two T20 games in the US, for a long time the WICB has been complaining about losses, and the inability to generate revenue, so if they can in fact tap into the us market and make it work then why not. Wi cricket has much bigger problems to worry about, holding two games in the US is not a issue.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | July 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Too true. Florida may well be the "sunshine state", but it isn't part of the West Indies. The region is vast enough as it is, without adding exterior venues, regardless of the reasons involved. You won't find England playing home games in France.

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | July 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    President Ramoutar concern is also the concern of the region.Why is the WICB associating Florida with OUR cricket?Like the President mentioned,millions have been spent on grounds and stadiums across the Caribbean to ensure our people are not deprived of our most important sport and past time .The time has come when the voices of our people must be heard.WI cricket belongs to every jack man in the region and should not be dictated by a morsel of selfish people.During the past years, too much has gone against us.Gyale,Sarwan & and the ever reliable Chanderpaul have received their share of problems.Chanderpaul was asked to resign,but with some firm letters to the Gods ,the diminutive left hander was allowed to play and has since proven to the world that he is still among the best batsmen in world cricket ,and of course the best in the WI.They however,have dropped him from the one day matches which is a shame.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | July 6, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    If the cricket gets established in the western hemisphere,WI, US, Carribeans, Guyana, Canada will all benefit in the long run. This is a great investment by WI / Guyana and hopefully it will help in promotion of cricket in this part of the world.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | July 6, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    What I fail to understand is why did the WICB arrange for the T20I series in Florida in the first place? You've got eager crowds back at home, and there is more fan following obviously. Also, there is a loss of revenue. As the Guyana president said, they spent so much money in developing stadiums at home and they still decided to schedule it somewhere else. At least it promoted cricket in the USA, but as Irmand Klavic said, they could've promoted cricket somewhere else like Canada or England.

  • POSTED BY dynashty on | July 6, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    This is how myopic and ignorant our regional leaders are. Heroes and Role Models ? For caribbean cricket to survive we must expand the brand to non traditional markets ... Regional governments should be licking their chops at the opportunities for marketing their tourism product to the millions in north America ... WICB should look to bring games to Cuba next!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    When countries are desperate, crying, begging, suing to bring cricket to their own stadiums, WICB is playing elsewhere on their fancy,, is mind boggling!!I first thought Florida is also place in West Indies, just like Cambridge, Toledo, San Huan, Jersey etc.

  • POSTED BY BEAKI on | July 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    I could not agree with Mr. Ramotar more. WICB seem to forget 2007 world cup and the amount of money the various islands had to spend to make the event possible. Bringing games to America certainly would affect the different countries in the Caribbean because people would not go to the Caribbean to watch a game when it is beaning played here thus the local economy would take a little blow from not having the returning nationals or visitors from America. WICB need to really rethink that strategy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    WICB needs the revenue and besides no Guyanese will pay $8,000-$40,000.00 per ticket so yes the governments invested but the same governments failed to hold the WICB accountable hence cricket fans in region have not thrown support behind the windies in recent times and if the people in the diaspora will do so the WICB has to go after those people.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I cannnot understand Mr. Ramorar's anger. Playing matches in Florida has in no way affect the playing of matches in the West Indies. From the five one days, none is scheduled for Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua or Barbados. This is an abomination. Lauderhill, like other Carribean Nations, has invested millions for its cricket ground, and playing one or two matches there can only be good for cricket as a whole.

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | July 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    The question is really: "Would these games have been played in the Caribbean?" to which I think the answer is yes. It is, however, far more likely that NZC forced this move rather than the WICB due to their commitments. So who is right and who is wrong? It's hard to say, but I have to agree with Mr Ramotar.Though I have no real idea I reckon the Caribbean is still paying for the 2007 WC. Look after your own first, then look to foreign shores.

    And taking the financial considerations out of it, surely those West Indians living in the region should have more right to live cricket than those who moved away. Those who moved for money get a better life and the cricket? Doesn't hardly seem fair.

  • POSTED BY naudurivsm on | July 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I agree with the concerns. and let us face it. we all know. USA does not welcome Cricket at all as a sport. they know the potential of this sport and are worried if Cricket becomes popular in USA, then their other business with NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL will have to shed lots of business and people also will prefer Cricket more than anything. So all Cricketing nations should NOT go for USA matches. let USA come forward with all seriousness and then may be , may be we should consider. Cricket is already grown nicely without USA. so just keep it out to local venues. the Florida venue anyway is a junk piece of land as we saw the earlier matches. NO to cricket in USA.

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | July 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I have to share the viewpoint of Mr. Hunte here. Cricket must not be confined to the narrow corridors of British Commonwealth countries and nations of the former British empire. All efforts must be made to spread the game around. The US is a large market with innumerable possibilities for the game's development. Even now with the game, especially test cricket under enormous threat from so called shorter games with instant spectator appeal and gratification, the time is right to explore and expand new frontiers. What we must do however, is to embark on such a project in a sensitive, sensible and caring manner that would entail the mobilisation and consensus of all interest groups and persons. We must protect and preserve the fragile and somewhat tenuous Caribbean cricket interests, so as not to 'cut off our nose to spoil our face'.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Agree 100% why should W.I be used to promote game in W.I if the region loses out on games promotion and much need financial benefit, look after NZ there is no more cricket untill World Cup and they can't even play all these small allocation of games in the Carribean terrible.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Mr. Ramotar, your voice alone won't do it. For too long regional governments have stood by and allow WICB to do as they please. Talk has proven useless. Now is the time to invoke Burnham. Take a stand and let the chips fall where they will.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Finally Someone speaks sense... I'm wondering when Florida became a part of the West Indies. If they are looking at promoting cricket, why not get exhibition matches. To say it's to cater for the West Indian diaspora is utter rubbish. Maybe they'll play a match from the next home series in Canada... or even England. Because these places have millions of West Indian diaspora.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Finally Someone speaks sense... I'm wondering when Florida became a part of the West Indies. If they are looking at promoting cricket, why not get exhibition matches. To say it's to cater for the West Indian diaspora is utter rubbish. Maybe they'll play a match from the next home series in Canada... or even England. Because these places have millions of West Indian diaspora.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Mr. Ramotar, your voice alone won't do it. For too long regional governments have stood by and allow WICB to do as they please. Talk has proven useless. Now is the time to invoke Burnham. Take a stand and let the chips fall where they will.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Agree 100% why should W.I be used to promote game in W.I if the region loses out on games promotion and much need financial benefit, look after NZ there is no more cricket untill World Cup and they can't even play all these small allocation of games in the Carribean terrible.

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | July 6, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I have to share the viewpoint of Mr. Hunte here. Cricket must not be confined to the narrow corridors of British Commonwealth countries and nations of the former British empire. All efforts must be made to spread the game around. The US is a large market with innumerable possibilities for the game's development. Even now with the game, especially test cricket under enormous threat from so called shorter games with instant spectator appeal and gratification, the time is right to explore and expand new frontiers. What we must do however, is to embark on such a project in a sensitive, sensible and caring manner that would entail the mobilisation and consensus of all interest groups and persons. We must protect and preserve the fragile and somewhat tenuous Caribbean cricket interests, so as not to 'cut off our nose to spoil our face'.

  • POSTED BY naudurivsm on | July 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I agree with the concerns. and let us face it. we all know. USA does not welcome Cricket at all as a sport. they know the potential of this sport and are worried if Cricket becomes popular in USA, then their other business with NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL will have to shed lots of business and people also will prefer Cricket more than anything. So all Cricketing nations should NOT go for USA matches. let USA come forward with all seriousness and then may be , may be we should consider. Cricket is already grown nicely without USA. so just keep it out to local venues. the Florida venue anyway is a junk piece of land as we saw the earlier matches. NO to cricket in USA.

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | July 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    The question is really: "Would these games have been played in the Caribbean?" to which I think the answer is yes. It is, however, far more likely that NZC forced this move rather than the WICB due to their commitments. So who is right and who is wrong? It's hard to say, but I have to agree with Mr Ramotar.Though I have no real idea I reckon the Caribbean is still paying for the 2007 WC. Look after your own first, then look to foreign shores.

    And taking the financial considerations out of it, surely those West Indians living in the region should have more right to live cricket than those who moved away. Those who moved for money get a better life and the cricket? Doesn't hardly seem fair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I cannnot understand Mr. Ramorar's anger. Playing matches in Florida has in no way affect the playing of matches in the West Indies. From the five one days, none is scheduled for Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua or Barbados. This is an abomination. Lauderhill, like other Carribean Nations, has invested millions for its cricket ground, and playing one or two matches there can only be good for cricket as a whole.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    WICB needs the revenue and besides no Guyanese will pay $8,000-$40,000.00 per ticket so yes the governments invested but the same governments failed to hold the WICB accountable hence cricket fans in region have not thrown support behind the windies in recent times and if the people in the diaspora will do so the WICB has to go after those people.

  • POSTED BY BEAKI on | July 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    I could not agree with Mr. Ramotar more. WICB seem to forget 2007 world cup and the amount of money the various islands had to spend to make the event possible. Bringing games to America certainly would affect the different countries in the Caribbean because people would not go to the Caribbean to watch a game when it is beaning played here thus the local economy would take a little blow from not having the returning nationals or visitors from America. WICB need to really rethink that strategy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    When countries are desperate, crying, begging, suing to bring cricket to their own stadiums, WICB is playing elsewhere on their fancy,, is mind boggling!!I first thought Florida is also place in West Indies, just like Cambridge, Toledo, San Huan, Jersey etc.