Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 29, 2021 (ZIZ) — With the recent announcement by the International Cricket Council that St. Kitts and Nevis will be the host country for the upcoming U19 Men’s World Cup in January, Minister of Sports Hon. Jonel Powell is hailing it as a proud moment.
During a press conference to officially announce the host country on Monday at one of the match venues – Warner Park – Minister Powell shared his delight for the country to host cricket and calmed fears of being unprepared.
He also spoke of the country becoming a sports tourism destination.
Meanwhile, the Operations Event Manager of the upcoming tournament, Fawwaz Baksh, spoke of the possible impact it could have for aspiring cricketers.
The ICC U19 Men’s World Cup 2022 cricket tournament consists of 16 teams playing 64 matches, in 21 days across 21 venues. This means that up to 4 matches will have to be played daily in two host countries, which meet ICC standards, the authorities said. This is an increase from 1 match venue and 2-3 practice venues in each country in the past.
Matches in St. Kitts will be played from Jan 15 to 21 with the final match being played on January 22 between Bangladesh & the UAE at Warner Park Cricket Stadium.