St Vincent and the Grenadines is still reeling from the wasteful expenditures on facilities that were hosts to some ‘goat cook’ exercises that served as warm up for a handful of teams.
The reality is that in virtually every country where the CWC2007 was involved ‘the dance could not pay for the lights’.
2010 World 20/20 Cricket Championship
One year after the CWC2007 fiasco the WICB opens up bids from its members to host the 2010 World 20/20 Cricket Championships. The ICC wants three countries for the most part to be involved. The WICB invited bids hoping to select three from among the submissions to forward to the ICC for approval.
Given the heavy expenditures in cricket infrastructure that took place in preparation for the CWC2007 it may have been the expectation of the region’s cricketing authorities that there would have been some measure of anxiety on the part of the WICB members to want to play host to what is emerging as an exciting format of the game. That was not the case. Instead, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia were the only members submitting bids. There were no submissions from Jamaica, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, all of which would have become quite popular in hosting One Day matches. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been longstanding test venues and have been seen as certainties for any version of the game played in the region.
Of the five venues for which bids have been submitted three – Barbados, Guyana and St Lucia – have been forwarded to the ICC for favourable consideration as the best for hosting the 2010 World 20/20 Cricket Championships.
As happened in the case of the CWC2007 Trinidad and Tobago faltered. At the time of the closure of the bidding process the authorities in the twin-island Republic were in disarray. The government declared that the matter was before Cabinet while the cricket bosses indicated to the media that they were not prepared to comment until the government did so. Nothing was heard from the other members of the WICB.