West Indies news February 16, 2013

Discussions on for floodlights for Sabina Park

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are working on setting up floodlights in Kingston's Sabina Park, in preparation for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) that begins on July 29.

Jamaica was among the six Caribbean countries named at the league's launch earlier this week, which are in line to house a franchise and host matches in the tournament. Of the six proposed hosts, Sabina Park is the only ground without floodlights, reportedly a criterion for holding CPL games.

"At this moment the JCA have been in discussion with the ministries of tourism and sports, and a number of agencies that support those ministries," WICB vice-president Whycliffe Cameron told the Jamaica Observer. "It [getting the lights in time for the CPL] can be done and in another week or two there should be an announcement."

It would take around 22 weeks to install the lights, Cameron said, and if there was any delay in the procedure, a stopgap solution could be employed to have the ground ready for the CPL. "One of the quotes suggested 22 weeks from confirmation to installation of lights. There is also a temporary solution: you could ship in the lights and have them on trucks and when the tournament is over the lights can be put up permanently."

However, Cameron reportedly said it might require Sabina Park to be used for activities other than cricket, if the project's financial requirements are to be met. He estimated the project would cost US$1.7m, and said the Jamaica board would look to get assistance from both the government and private sector in funding it.

"I think the JCA are very close to tying down the funding," he said. "It will not be totally supported by the government, they are also getting private sector involved. It's a very sustainable business plan put forward, so we are hoping that the government may fund it but repayments [for the government loan] would come from the private sector, and from funds generated from the Park itself.

"Sabina Park will be transformed from a cricket stadium to a multi-purpose facility. That's the only way things will work. It can't be that it is used only a few times per year [for cricket]."

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  • Ray on February 17, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    When Jamaica was preparing for CWC 2007, a minority was advocating that it might be better, and more cost effective to upgrade Sabina Park instead of building the Trelawney Multi-Purpose Stadium on the country's north coast. That upgrade would have included flood lights at Sabina. Instead Jamaica went along and built the most expensive goat field in the world, smack dead in the eye of the high-priced tourist area. One of the dissenting voices was that of Mr. Pat Rousseau, the former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president. "Trelawney will turn out to be a white elephant," was his take. Not only that. Antigua and Guyana gutted the soul of St. Johns and Georgetown and built monstrosities out in the boondocks to which only crows fly. And now in Kingston, here come all the `Mighty Mice' to save the day. Watch out for next year's national awards. Mr. Whycliffe Cameron will be awarded the Order of Distinction for meritorious service.

  • Prashan on February 17, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    @cricketkumar, ok thanks a lot for the correction. I recall they having lights at St Lucia but not at other venues. Yes the broadcasters wont like day night matches in Windies due to the time being inappropriate for the Indians.

  • bharat on February 16, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    West Indies already have lights @ six stadiums but they never use it for international matches because night matches would start at midnight for Indian fans.

  • Prashan on February 16, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I doubt if Windies will be able to host day night ODIs because broadcasters prefer Windies to play day games because then only can the major market which is the Indian market can be approached. 9.30AM in Windies means 7.30PM in India. So that way can get Indians to watch for at least 3 hours before the fans go to sleep.

    I guess Windies should use flood lights to prepare for ODIs when they travel abroad indeed.

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