May 26, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
The Guyana National Stadium at Providence was constructed for the 2007
cricket World Cup and has hosted two Tests and 13 ODIs. Preparations for next month’s Tri-nation ODI series are being done at Guyana’s only International Cricket venue.
The first three matches in the series which starts on June 3 will be played at Providence, as International cricket returns to Guyana for the first time in over three years.
The last time an International game was played here was in 2013 when West Indies beat Pakistan by 37 runs in the second ODI of the five-match series.
West Indies face South Africa in the series opener before playing Australia on Sunday June 5 while Australia and South Africa do battle on Tuesday June 7.
This is the first time in the history of Caribbean cricket that every venue for an ODI series will use floodlights. All matches are Day/Night games and will commence at 13:00hrs.
Head Curator Wazim Habib says the ground should in top shape by the time the series starts and informed the only minor concern is a small section of the field which was damaged earlier
this month when the Golden Jaguars opposed Canada U-23 in a friendly Football encounter.
“A part of the ground near that square was damaged by Football and we have to dig out that piece and replant grass but that should not be a major cause for concern,” explained the experienced Curator.
He also said while grass should be left on the track it’s unlikely that it will play much different than it usually does, which is slow with some turn for the spinners.
Australia, South Africa and host West Indies have all included three spinners in their teams in anticipation of the slow nature of not only the Providence pitch but also those throughout the region.
Meanwhile, tickets went on sale on Monday at the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) office on Regent Street and yesterday at Providence.
According to the GCB, sales have been going well, adding that tickets can also be bought online. Those who buy tickets outside of Guyana will be given a bar code which they must submit when they get here to collect their physical ticket.
When Kaieteur Sports visited the venue which can accommodate 15,000, work was being done to repair seats in the Green Stands and replace the seats in a section of the Orange Stands.
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