CWI sympathises with Dominica, organisers eye contingency plans
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Cricket West Indies *CWI) said it "understood the position" of Dominica's government, which, Thursday, pulled the plug on the country's hosting of matches in next year's Twenty20 (T20) World Cup because of challenges with completing venue upgrades in time for the global showpiece.
Speaking after Dominica's government made the announcement, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said: "We acknowledge the dedication of the government of Dominica in preparing to host matches as a part of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024.
"While recognising their commitment, we note the reasons stated for the decision that has been made, and understand the position.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the government of Dominica and the Dominica Cricket Association to host international matches in the future."
The Dominica government said work on the match venue Windsor Park and practice venue Benjamin's Park had begun but, based on estimates from contractors, could not be completed in time for the June 4-30 event.
In light of the "implementation timelines", the government said it was "prudent" not to follow through on its commitment to hosting games.
Dominica was one of seven host countries selected by the International Cricket Council. The others were Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Fawwaz Baksh, tournament director for the World Cup, said there were already contingency plans in place for such unexpected developments.
"When hosting tournaments of this scale, circumstances will inevitably arise which will require the organisers to adapt and alter plans," he explained.
"This is something that happens in any event of this nature, and why we have contingency plans for all functional areas for the hosting of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024."
Next year's World Cup will also be co-hosted by the United States of America and will see stadiums in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale and Long Island in New York, also hosting matches.