Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines have confirmed the names of their delegates while several other Caribbean countries have expressed their intention of being represented on the official Windies World Cup 2007 (WWC 2007) delegation to the Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
CEO (designate) of WWC 2007 Inc and Head of the delegation, Chris Dehring expressed satisfaction with the response to the invitation sent to Heads of Government of potential Caribbean venues for the World Cup to send representatives to get first-hand experience of the operations of the only Cricket World Cup before 2007.
" Most countries have recognized the importance of this visit to observe the operations of the World Cup in South Africa as they seek to present the best bids possible and deliver on those commitments if they are awarded World Cup 2007 matches." Dehring noted.
The former WICB Chief Marketing Executive added that the organizing team for the delegation including world games specialist, Don Lockerbie was hard at work to ensure that the trip was well worth the countries' investment.
"Our delegation consultant, Don Lockerbie who has worked on Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup venues will be taking the delegates through a 53- point list of almost every aspect of staging a World Cup match." Dehring added.
Dehring is currently in South Africa meeting with the various parties and making arrangements for the two-week visit of the Caribbean delegation of government and cricket officials.
Jamaica was the first country to confirm the names of their venue delegates - Jackie Hendriks and Dr Wayne Reid while St. Vincent and the Grenadines followed by confirming Mike Findlay's participation.
Hendriks, a former outstanding West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman has been the President of the Jamaica Cricket Association since 1997 and has served at West Indies level as Chairman of Selectors, Chairman of the WICB Cricket Committee, senior team manager and as an International Cricket Council referee.
Dr Wayne Reid, is Chairman of Jamaica's Steering Committee for World Cup 2007. An engineer by profession, he is a director of Jentech Consultants, a civil and construction engineering firm in Jamaica.
Mike Findlay, St Vincent and the Grenadines' representative, is Chairman of the WICB Cricket Committee and a former West Indies wicket-keeper. A sports journalist and commentator of many years experience, Findlay served West Indies cricket as Chairman of the Selectors until last year.