The local organizing committee says SVG is ‘on track’ to meet deadlines

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – The organizers of the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup matches in St Vincent and the Grenadines have this week given assurances that they are “on track” to meet the June 1 deadline to hand over the venues for the global showpiece .

SVG will host matches in Group D of the tournament featuring Bangladesh, Nepal, Netherlands, South Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as Super Eight quarter-finals from June 13 at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

Former West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Mike Findlay, a member of the SVG local organizing committee, said there had been some delays in the dispatch of key equipment but they were confident they would deliver on time.

“Although the matches here don’t start until June 13, we need to hand over the playing field to the (ICC) some time before that and we think we are well on our way to that,” Findlay said at a press conference. .

“It takes a lot of work, we have a lot of contractors on site and they work independently so we don’t have to rely on a single contractor to do it.”

He added: “It costs the government a lot of money – but it is the price we have to pay to be part of this international event so that construction is almost finished. We’ve been a little delayed for some reason.

“Because we had to order a lot of material, not only the infrastructure for the field itself, but also the material to maintain the fields and the outfield.”

SVG, which hosted its first international match 43 years ago, has not been a regular stop on international bilateral tours over the past decade, but the opening of the international airport seven years ago in the eastern community of Argyle and other infrastructure developments positioned the country to go from to make use of this option.

Findlay said improvements are also taking place within the cricket ground with the installation of a giant replay screen and floodlights for the first time to bring it in line with other facilities in the Caribbean.

“We’re happy to have night games,” he said. “Previously we were hindered because the ET Joshua Airport was right next to the playing field and we couldn’t have lighting due to height restrictions.

“The lights are already there at the moment. The poles are currently being installed. We had to get the basics ready before the polls arrived.”

“We have an electronic scoreboard, but we still need to provide a manual scoreboard, a smaller one, in case there are technical problems with the electronic scoreboard.”

To this end, an order of standby generators has also arrived in the country to facilitate the new infrastructure on the ground.

“We’re bringing in enough generators to run the entire system in Arnos Vale so we’re not at all reliant on power solely from (local electric company) VINLEC,” Findlay said.

The first match in SVG features Bangladesh against Netherlands on June 13, and the next day will be the first match under lights when Nepal faces South Africa.