Apr 30, 2010 Sports
– ICC WT20 opens at National Stadium
The eyes of the world will zoom in at the National Stadium at Providence today when the historic International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty/20 (WT20) tournament opens in the Caribbean for the first time since its 2007 inception.
Tournament Director, Robert Bryan told members of the local and international media, at a press conference at Princess Hotel yesterday, that the world will definitely be watching, and as such, they have put together a memorable programme.
“The rest of the world will get a chance to see the best of our culture. In our programme, a constituted steel orchestra will play the national anthems and we are proud to say when that happens (today), the rest of world will see something that they will not be able to copy,” Bryan said on the subject of the Opening Ceremony.
He believed that the first major point of emphasis is that the event is finally here and that should spark widespread enthusiasm in the Caribbean. The marketing team, Bryan thinks, have worked very hard to ensure that the cricket is unique.
“Facilities have been put in place and all the various elements that need to be in place to ensure that the objective of having a really fabulous tournament is met, are in place. All in all, I think the very first major point to emphasise is that the event-the cricket is here,” the Tournament Director informed.
The ICC official said that all the teams are ready, the venue has been adequately prepared and nothing should stop the West Indies Cricket Board from hosting a spectacular cricket competition that will set high standards for future events.
“We expect that teams will bring their ‘A’ game to the tournament. We expect the most outstanding cricket and duel between the nations to attain supremacy in world Twenty/20 tournament,” Bryan said, adding that ticket sales have gone well.
Guyana was the first of the two other host countries, St. Lucia and Barbados, to have ticket sales top 90 percent after tickets were released. Promotions and Corporate Services Officer, Sabrina Panday spearheaded local marketing efforts.
“Our ticket sales suggest that people have gotten the message, only party stand tickets are available for today. We like to describe the party stand as one of the most exciting VIPs,” Bryan said, before revealing the reason for that description.
The Tournament Director said that cricket enthusiast will be very close to the performing artistes, Mr. Vegas, Fay Ann Lyons and Shaggy. He encouraged patrons to grab at all the remaining US$65 tickets in the party stand for today.
“The rest of the Stadium is sold out, those who wish to have a chance to see some cricket, your only chance is to go out and purchase the rest of the party stand tickets. I believe we could have no better ambassadors than Vegas, Shaggy, Fay Ann,” he noted.
Another ICC official, Andrea Liburd thanked the media for their attendance and formerly introduced the artiste for today’s opening of the ICC WT20 tournament. She apologised for the absence of Fay Ann and assured that she will perform.
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