The Essequibo populace should be proud as having one of the best cricket grounds in the country. With the exception of the Providence Stadium, the newly built Imam Bacchus cricket ground stands in a class of its own. I would have played on several grounds across the country and very few in my estimation can compete with this ground in its present form.
Situated on the western end of Affiance on the Essequibo Coast, the ground boasts of having an immaculately lush green and lightning fast out-field on approximately eight acres of prime land. The permanent grounds-man has also done an excellent job in preparing and maintaining a responsive pitch which is adaptable and securing its consistent bounce and evenness. This picturesque facility has the potential of hosting national matches and I am convinced that this is the intention of the Bacchus family since they have been at the forefront in promoting sports in Essequibo for over two decades.
Historically there was another ground within close proximity to the new one which was much smaller but it was also neatly kept and proved hospitable to the fans and cricketers. While I am fascinated by the playing area, more infrastructural work has to be done which perhaps should also include partnerships with the Government, other stakeholders including the private sector and even the Guyana and Essequibo Cricket Boards.
Quite admirably though, the Management and Directors of the Imam Bacchus Group of Companies must be applauded for their vision, commitment and proven competence by procuring such an invaluable investment that has the potential to propel sports to another level and in the same breath provide Essequibians with a ‘world class’ facility to enhance their game. Presently the ground has been made available to any responsible group or team that wishes to either play there competitively or practice without any demanding conditions attached. As a result, the ground is actively pursued on a daily basis and the sight is quite encouraging given that not many cricketers from other parts of the Region practice regularly. The Bacchus family must be proud to have contributed in a significant way in the elevation of players to national status including Latchman Rohit, Yogeshwar Lall, Yodhanlall Sukhlall, Parmeshwar Parasotam; all of whom represents the Imam Bacchus Sports Club which is quite a formidable force in club cricket within North Essequibo.
Since the Coalition Government has proclaimed that it will heavily invest in sports, particularly in rural areas such as Essequibo, I am hopeful that much attention can be paid in partnering with the Imam Bacchus Group of Companies towards realizing the goal of making the Imam Bacchus ground a national treasure and one which in time to come will host international matches.
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