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WICB reopens bidding for England Tests

George Dobell

May 2, 2014

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The WICB has responded to a backlash over its allocation of Tests for the series against England in April 2015 by holding a fresh bidding process for potential hosts.

WICB had originally decided to allocate the three Tests to Guyana, Grenada and Jamaica. But, after that news was revealed by ESPNcricinfo, the cricket boards and, in some cases politicians, of the Caribbean nations that missed out reacted in dismay and have now provoked a rethink.

Officials in Barbados, which has proved a popular destination for England cricket supporters and recently hosted three well-attended T20s between England and West Indies, are understood to have been particularity irked by the decision.

"It is correct that there is an ongoing bidding process for hosting the England series next year," a WICB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "There is a list of criteria which the WICB has outlined to the territories.

"The winning bids will be determined based on an assessment of these criteria and will not automatically be the highest bids. The criteria involve a number of general and specific areas including but not limited to pitch and outfield, spectator capacity, accommodation, ground travel, logistics and airlift."

With many of the Caribbean nations heavily reliant upon tourism, the allocation of an England Test is especially valuable. No other country brings as many travelling supporters and their willingness to embrace the local hotels, restaurants and bars provides a meaningful boost to the local economies.

The WICB has many nations to satisfy and many grounds from which to select, meaning disappointment is inevitable for some.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

About time the games get shared......Guyana gets a Test every 7 yrs..unfair

Posted by roddybee on (May 5, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

Look man Trinidad has never been big anything, its been Barbados then the rest, Guyana need to rebuild Bourda and get cricket back in the city.

Posted by tutorial on (May 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Cricket is deteriorating in Guyana, for example look at the regional 4 day that was just concluded, Guyana finish at the bottom. I remember the days when Guyana and Trinidad use to be the two top teams in the WI. then followed by Jamaica and Barbados. So i say give a test and more matches to Guyana, get the people's interest back in the game, after all some of the worlds best cricketers and LEADERS came out of Guyana. WICB is looking at the financial gains and rightfully, but in order to develop the sport you need to keep the WI.people's interested and happy, ask the ICC for more than three tests, this way WICB.can distribute evenly. Barbados depends on the English to FILL their stadiums, if you look closely at GUYANA, TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA their locals FILL the stadiums and many are from the good ole USA.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

I would like to see the smaller islands get a chance. St. kitts is a great venue for test, spread the love, the bigger islands always get what they want

Posted by rayinto on (May 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Why change it? We still need to bend to the British lords? I thought those days are over.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

It seems a lot of you guys have a problem with Guyana hosting a test ,I think you guys should put on spectacles and-look at the stands when West Indies is playing in Guyana the people always comes out in numbers . Take for example the last CPL also Guyana stadium was always pack and the crowd was great .ok give them the test and give us two

Posted by Swingit on (May 3, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Jamaica spiciest wicket, most knowledgeable crowd and most interesting country. Barbados because tradition and most bang for buck in terms of british tourist dollars, safest country. Dominica guaranteed sellout,biggest most supportive crowd and likely best stadium in Caribbean. There u have ur three test location no bids needed.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

But the problem (@ mohamedamin) is that w indies supporters do NOT fill the west Indian grounds. No matter who the WI are playing against. They might as well go for the grounds which will maximise revenue

Posted by Harvey on (May 3, 2014, 0:27 GMT)

WICB charge England fans (especially tour groups) big money for their tickets, and if they don't host the games in places like Barbados where the English will turn up in vast numbers, they will be denying themselves a big payday. England fans will show up wherever the games are hosted of course, but numbers are obviously going to be considerably greater in Barbados for example than in Guyana. This news does not surprise me.

Posted by svg27rivers on (May 3, 2014, 0:16 GMT)

I agreed with you Maham. When was the last time any ground in the Caribbean apart from Dominica was full, shows that Barbados have no interest in the cricket but the English dollars, why don't they make the same noise to host Bangladesh Zimbabwe and the others.I saw Australia played there not to long ago to near empty seat. No wonder WI cricket in such a mess the board cant make a decision and stick to it always bowing to some outside pressure. If the English don't want to go to Guyana and Granada let them stay their asses home.

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