West Indies news July 6, 2012

T20s in Florida an abomination - Guyana President

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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??

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!

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