Jul 06, 2013 Sports
Venue preparations 95% completed says Curators
By Sean Devers
Local fans will be rooting for Sunil Narine and Mohammad Hafeez when they represent the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the upcoming CPL but on July 14 & 16 at the Guyana National Stadium the pair will be on opposing sides when West Indies face Pakistan in the first two of five ODIs.
Narine, despite playing in Guyana at the Regional level for Trinidad and Tobago, has never played an International match on South American soil and could be a trump card for the home team.
Hafeez scored 54 when same two teams clashed in the last ODI to be played in Guyana on May 5, 2011 and two pulsating contests are anticipated from 09:30hrs on the Sunday and Tuesday.
Tickets are on sale at the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) office on Regent Street in Georgetown for both days and with the Private boxes already sold out, indications are for a sold out crowd especially on the Sunday.
They last time the teams played here West Indies were victorious by 10 wickets but come July 14 & 16 the battle is expected to be a lot closer with the exciting Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal being recalled for the Asians who are being led by Misbah-ul-Haq.
With a powerful batting line up, led by the pugnacious Chris Gayle, Pollard, the Bravos, Johnson Charles, Samuels and Sammy plenty of runs could be scored by the host on what is expected to a lightning fast outfield.
Many Berbicians should drive to the city for the matches and security is assured for vehicles. Vehicle passes could be purchased for $1,000 each day at the GCB office.
For the Sunday game tickets for the Green Stand cost $3,500, Red Stand $3, 000, Orange Stand $2,000, Grass Mound $2,000 and the popular Party Stand 3,500. Spectators who buy tickets will get two free beers on entry while music will be played before, after and in between overs. Tickets for the Tuesday game will cost $500 less for each stand.
When Kaieteur Sport visited the venue yesterday, the sprinklers were on full blast and the Providence sward looked lush green, the square had tinge of grass on it and the Stands were being cleaned.
Curators disclosed the ground preparations were 95% completed with just the finishing touches to be added.
The West Indies have won three and lost three of their ODI played at Providence and with International cricket returning to the Stadium for the first time in over two years, a capacity crowd is anticipated on both days.
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