Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Johnny Grave, said the organization has been enjoying a special relationship with regional governments and would not have been able to operate without their assistance.
Grave was high in praise for the government of Antigua and Barbuda. With the CWI board being based in Antigua and both parties teaming up to purchase the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Grave said the fruits of their decision will be realized when the facility hosts international cricket for the first time next month.
CWI received approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week to make Coolidge Cricket Grounds the country’s second international venue along with the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Antigua would not have been able to host the CG Super50 and the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka next month without the vision of the government in joining CWI to purchase the venue, Grave articulated.
The island will host continuous cricket over the next two months. Grave was also high in praise for the CWI medical team and the local health for creating a bio-secure bubble for the cricketers and officials during the ongoing Super50 and the upcoming Sri Lanka tour.
Antigua will host all of the matches in the upcoming tour which bowls off next month.