Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds Being Prepared for ICC World Cup

Friday, Dec 08


RICKET: Sports Minister Kenson Casimir has provided an update on the renovations of the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds in preparation for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2024.

A delegation of representatives from Cricket West Indies and the International Cricket Council inspected the Grounds this past weekend to see whether the venue was up to par. According to Sports Minister Casimir, the condition of the grounds far exceeded the delegation’s expectations.

From all indications, Cricket West Indies and ICC were very impressed in terms of where we are with our preparations. We made some presentations on the overall design for the upgrade of Daren Sammy [Cricket Grounds] and Mindoo Phillip Park,” the Minister explained.

One lingering issue for cricket fans and players is the draining of the grounds. In times of heavy rainfall, it is near impossible to host games as the field would still be soggy. This issue, Casimir noted, is being addressed.

We also made presentations on how we’re going to deal with the drainage issues on the surface at the stadium. They are very happy with where Saint Lucia is in comparison with the other venues.”

Saint Lucia benefited economically from hosting the Cricket World Cup in 2007. The sporting event generated millions of views in media coverage and attracted thousands of visitors from across the globe. This year would be no different, Casimir says. As part of the delegation’s mission to Saint Lucia, the local hotels were examined.

They visited our hotels that they will be using for the competition. We are expecting over 120 media personalities on island for the Cricket World Cup. That does not include the individuals who are part of the organising committee for the games. We are not yet even talking about fan participation from the region and internationally,” Casimir disclosed.

Saint Lucia emerged as one of seven venues chosen to host the World Cup in 2024. The games will run from June 4 to 30.