ICC Pitch Consultant to conduct Caribbean Curators Workshop
St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board today announced that International Cricket Council Pitch Consultant Andy Atkinson will conduct a workshop for Caribbean curators at the end of the month. Each Territorial Board has been asked by the WICB to nominate the curators who will hold responsibilities for the preparation of the Test wickets in their respective territories.
The nominees’ participation in the workshop, which will be held in Guyana, will be fully funded by the WICB. The two day training session, which is being hosted by the WICB, will be held on September 26th and 27th and Atkinson who has experience preparing wickets around the globe will be the lead presenter during what is expected to be a highly interactive engagement.
There have been many calls for some time from all quarters of the Caribbean for the WICB to address the issue of pitch preparation. The workshop was originally scheduled for earlier in the year but it had to have been postponed due to the unavailability of Atkinson. Atkinson worked extensively in the Caribbean during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 2010.
Active Test venues in the CaribbeanAntigua – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket GroundsBarbados – Kensington OvalDominica – Windsor ParkGrenada – Grenada National StadiumGuyana – Guyana National StadiumJamaica – Sabina ParkSt Kitts – Warner Park St Lucia – Beausejour Cricket GroundsSt Vincent – Arnos Vale Sports ComplexTrinidad – Queen’s Park Oval The two other venues where Test cricket was played in the Caribbean are the Antigua Recreation Ground and the Bourda Oval in Guyana.