ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Over 40,000 supporters turned out at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds over the six days of the Antigua leg of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Caribbean Twenty20 Cricket Tournament from January 9 to 14, beyond the expectations of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Speaking with OBSERVER Sports on the last night of the Antigua leg, WICB Corporate Communications Officer Imran Khan said the level of attendance was indeed beyond the expectations of the board.
He said the attraction drew over 6,000 spectators every night, except on Friday evening when 8,500 attended, while on Saturday, over 9,500 were in attendance.
Khan said every night this year has bettered the best night last year, which indeed exceeded all expectations of the board.
The WICB congratulates in a very big way the Antiguan public for going out in their numbers and supporting the tournament.
The WICB spokesman said the public turnout demonstrated that the Caribbean T20 is getting bigger and bigger each year and it has showcased Antigua & Barbuda to the world in a big way on the worldwide media.
Khan said although this leg was not scheduled for Antigua in the first place but rather Trinidad, the board could not desire any better for the turnout.
He said that this shows the love and passion that the Caribbean people have for West Indies cricket and also the love for their country and players.
He said although the standard of play as it relates to batting did not yield high scores, the batsmen had to deal with very good spin bowlers and good pitches. But in the end, it was a very successful week of cricket.
WICB is, however, doubtful that the second leg in Barbados from the January 17 to 22 will better this one. Khan challenged the Barbadian public to prove the Board wrong.
The communications officer expressed thanks on behalf of the Board to everyone for the part they played in the success of the tournament.
On the final day of the first leg of the competition, there were easy victories for Combined Campuses & Colleges over Sussex by 29 runs, and Barbados over Jamaica by 62 runs.
The WICB Caribbean T20 is truly where the stars are born.