St. Vincent gets ‘A+’ for cricket preparations

The games will be played at the Arnos Vale Playing Field (Internet photo)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The West Indies Cricket Board has confirmed that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is ready to host three One-Day International (ODI) cricket matches on March 16, 18, and 20, and gave the preparations an “A+” grade.

Minister of Sports Cecil ‘Ces’ McKie, in making the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday, said it would be the first time that a Caribbean nation will be hosting three back-to-back ODIs.

“We must be doing something right here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” McKie said as he congratulated the local Cricket Association.

“What we have to do now is to ensure that we are ready, as a nation, in terms of going out and supporting those games so that we will continue to receive the attention of the West Indies Cricket Board in terms of hosting One-Day Internationals and other games here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” he said.

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21 thoughts on “St. Vincent gets ‘A+’ for cricket preparations

  1. Wait ah wonder who build up the complex so nice?

    Posted by Jason | March 3, 2012, 13:24
  2. Wow!! Another NDP lie exposed!!! Vincentians listen, learn, love…

    Posted by no-nonsense | March 3, 2012, 15:46
  3. The blood and tears of Vincentians

    Posted by Peter | March 3, 2012, 19:59
  4. Could it be the ULP GOVERNMENT?

    By the way, didn’t the inept NDP say that the 25+ million dollars used to UPGRADE the Arnos Vale Stadium was a bad INVESTMENT and that it will turn into a WHITE ELEPHANT?

    Posted by vincypowa | March 3, 2012, 20:41
  5. Certainly not the blood and tears of Gonsalves, if that what your implying, Jason McDickhead.

    Posted by Peter | March 4, 2012, 07:55
  6. Gibsons were never fully paid for their building work at the stadium, reasons were found to screw them.

    What happened to the US$1.5 million gift and the US$3.5 million dollar soft loan from Gadaffi for the new stadium at Diamond? VINCYPOWA, NANCYPOWA, FANCYPOWA, or whatever your name is tell us what happened to that money, where did it go? did it evaporate? was it diverted? was it stolen by civil servents or even politicians? For years now that question has been asked, is it to much to give us a simple answer that is checkable.

    VINCYCOWAHEAD, you are a know everything know nothing kind of a guy, tell us where the money went.

    At the same time tell us what happened to the money from Calliaqua.

    SULPHURrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr BUB.

    Posted by Peter | March 4, 2012, 13:21
  7. Look at the nonsense guys like powa and jason get off on…. hosting a one day international?????? people can’t get paid, yo owe lime millions and you guys are getting off on hosting a one day international????

    Quick question: Is this the first one day match ever to be played in SVG????

    LOL@ we must be doing something right…. LOL. This is a government that is starving for admiration.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 4, 2012, 18:13
  8. Remember the warm up games that were a flop, most of the helpers at the gates, car parks and admin, never got paid. Are they not people as well?

    Posted by Peter | March 5, 2012, 18:19
  9. VINCY IN BAD SHAPE aka ANDY LAVIA, your FLIPPANT comment about hosting a ONE DAY TOURNAMENT is all one needs to know about your LACK of UNDERSTANDING the SIGNIFICANCE and IMPORTANCE of HOSTING NOT JUST ONE, but THREE ONE DAY TEST CRICKET MATCHES between AUSTRALIA and the WEST INDIES at the Arnos Vale Cricket field.

    Continue in your IGNORANCE, is so the NDP like their SUPPORTERS.

    Posted by vincypowa | March 6, 2012, 00:41
  10. Look Simon Anderson or whatever you are calling yourself, somehow the importance of paying workers on time, and paying the countries bills seems to be a foreign concept to you. Because for some reason the man of many opinions [ and aliases] somehow gets dumb when these issues come up.

    Here’s an idea Simple Simon, how about paying the poor people of our country so they can go enjoy the damn cricket matches??? And i’m not even charging for the one. Its on me Mr Anderson

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 6, 2012, 08:03
  11. Wherever you find the word BUB that is where you find VINCYmalpracticePOWA.

    Posted by Peter | March 6, 2012, 08:52

    Posted by vincypowa | March 6, 2012, 12:31
  13. Pay the poor people so they can go see a ball bowl. Pay the town board people, the Irrigation people, etc. Pay them so could go cheer on the good west-indian boys. Are you not aware of people who aren’t paid on time? It was on this very forum not too long ago, but you skillfully dogged the subject, much like you have done with the phone bill issue.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 6, 2012, 15:44
  14. Here we have 3 ODI games in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which is a positive thing to the economy of the country. The pavilions are almost sold out. Given that fact, it shows that the citizens of SVG have money. Also,It shows that they are being paid. Interestingly, these games are being played in the middle of the month and stands are in good standing. On the contrast, some shortsighted ones see it fit to ignore the reality of a positive investment. Now is time to praise the efforts of the Cricket Association and the ministry of Sports in SVG. If someone cannot find the positives within a Gov’t, then he or she needs to have his or her head examined.

    Posted by Leon | March 14, 2012, 19:35
  15. What does hosting 3 ODIs have to do with NDP and ULP?… If you know more about cricket than politics, you would realize that it has to do with the fact that the WICB is currently run by a group of biased persons from the Windward Islands who think that it is “our time now”… Do we deserve 3 games while Jamaica, for example, gets none?… Is it because we have better facilities than Jamaica?… Give me a break…or is it because of the WICB’s refusal to pick Gayle? (They think the reception may be hostile in Jamaica.) I strongly doubt whether the itinerary has anything to do with the facilities… We had the same facilities last year when Pakistan and India (two teams) toured the West Indies and we did not get a game (for the first time since 1992)… Let us try to make informed comments related to the subject matter and not random political gests.

    Posted by Allanson Cruickshank | March 15, 2012, 01:15
  16. *One correction, we also had no game in 2006 when construction was taking place in preparation for world cup 2007.

    Posted by Allanson Cruickshank | March 15, 2012, 12:22
  17. ALLANSON CRUICKSHANK, are you saying that it was POLITICS that led to the Windward Islands not getting the opportunity to host test matches back in the glory days of West Indies cricket?

    Do you think it was politics as well why many of the great Windward Islands players hardly got an opportunity to play for the West Indies Team?

    Anyhow, it has been said, on many occasions too, that the Arnos Vale playing field is the most picturesque in the Caribbean. Therefore, I am trying to figure out if it is the POLITICS brought about by the WICB and Chris Gayle issue that led to us getting to host three test matches and Jamaica getting to host none, or does it has to do with the FACT that we have the FACILITY in the Arnos Vale playing field and the ACCOMODATION in the FIVE-STAR RESORT at Buccament Bay to HOST matches of this nature.

    ALLANSON CRUICKSHANK, in your correction, MAINLAND St. Vincent did not have a FIVE STAR HOTEL called the BUCCAMENT BAY RESORT in 2006. Maybe that had something to do with it. What do you think?

    Anyhow, the bible said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

    So yes, we can THANK Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and his GOVERNMENT, because we are now seeing their VISION of DEVELOPING this BLESSED NATION called SVG paying dividends.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | March 15, 2012, 16:17
  18. Is this the same vision, that led one aussie cricketer to fear for his life because of the bad roads we have in svg? Just asking

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 15, 2012, 20:52
  19. VINCY IN BAD SHAPE, please point to the story, according to you, which “led one aussie cricketer to fear for his life because of the bad roads we have in svg?”



    I HOPE the WEST INDIES win all games in SVG.

    These MATCHES are going to be a BOON to the ECONOMY of SVG.

    Yes, the VISION of Dr. Gonsalves and his ULP GOVERNMENT is PAYING DIVIDENDS. It will be more so when the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at ARGYLE is COMPLETED.

    PROSPERITY and FORWARD PROGRESS lies ahead for my BLESSED SVG and no UNPATRIOTIC and PATHETIC stance by these so-called VINCENTIANS will change that from happening.



    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | March 16, 2012, 09:26
  20. I have just returned to this site since March. @VINCY POWA, since I do not make it my business to politicize everything that takes place around me and I do not exist merely to support one political party or the other, I would think that there would be a cricketing reason behind a cricketing decision. Suffice to say that there were a few games in Jamaica upon Chris Gayle’s return to the team. If you follow cricket and not politics, then you would know the reasons surrounding the decisions. This is not implying that we do not have a good facility, but didn’t we have the same facility in 2011? Why didn’t we get a game then? If the decision were based upon the quality and quantity of our accommodation – as you have suggested, then the larger islands (which have better overall facilities) would have a lion share of the games in any given series. It is not objective to say that the Windwards Islands have suffered ill treatment at the hands of the WICB, so it is our turn to do as we please now. In fact, you have highlighted the root of the problem, which is the insularity among the different territories and cricketing boards. Just look at the facts – the entire ODI series was played in St. Vincent and St. Lucia. This is no co-incidence given the facts which I mentioned in my previous comment regarding the Gayle issue (now resolved) and the leadership of the WICB being predominantly from the Windward Islands.

    Posted by Allanson Cruickshank | October 20, 2012, 18:37

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