ICC officials made their way to the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds to witness the major rehabilitative work done on the stadium in preparation for the matches this June.
Sports Minister Kenson Casimir says the rehabilitations are geared towards sustainability and are a testament to the government’s commitment to sports investment.
“[There was a] complete rehabilitation of our surface at the Daren Sammy, which will include a drain on the outskirts. You would have seen the removal of the roof, which has been in a dilapidated condition for a number of years, primarily because of the wear and tear from the sea blasts of Cas-en-Bas Beach. And so we are putting in new technology to ensure that a sustained life is continued and maintained,” Casimir explained.
The Minister says there is an effort by the government to develop local sporting talent through the continued injection of monies into equipment.
“This government have invested through the national lotteries over a million dollars in sporting equipment. Over a million dollars in two and a half years in sporting equipment,” he said.
Hon. Casimir says cricket has the power to transform lives for the better. It is for that reason, he says, that the government will continue investing in the development of the sport.
“This government took the position that cricket is one of the aspects or one of the sporting disciplines that really has the transformative power to ensure that young people could become instant millionaires. When you hear some of the contract figures for those playing in those leagues around the world, cricket really has the power to transform communities,” he said.
Saint Lucia will host matches from June 15th to 24th, 2024.