Thursday 21 February, 2019

Warner Park Cricket Stadium being refurbished ahead of two ODIs

After hosting the St Kitts Music Festival, the Warner Park Cricket Stadium is being refurbished to ensure the pitch and outfield are in pristine condition for the two upcoming One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between the West Indies and Bangladesh.

According to Anthony Wiltshire, Director of the Department of Sports, attempts to reduce damage to the field during the three-day festival were mostly successful.

A special matting was placed on the grass to protect the playing surface from the thousands of patrons who packed the facility to see some of the best from the local, regional and international music industry. This measure was particularly important given that two ODIs will be played on July 28 and 31 between the West Indies and Bangladesh.

Wiltshire said staff had performed exceptionally well in preparing the playing surface for international matches after the festival in the past, and he was confident they would live up to their reputation.

The cricket pitch was also rebuilt a few months ago by the department’s staff and Ken Crafton, a pitch consultant with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), who inspected the work during a recent visit to St. Kitts commended the work done.

“He [Ken Crafton] was here just a week or so ago and he has submitted a very good report on what is happening,” Wiltshire said.

“In fact, he is satisfied with the work being done on the pitch. [There] are just a few areas that we need to work on and he is highly satisfied that we will be ready for the matches at the end of this month.”

Refurbishment is also taking place in some of the skyboxes where pigeons had made their home.

“The contractor is here ensuring that all the areas that these pigeons might have been able to get into are blocked up and the roofs for the various boxes have been repaired. We have not had any issues with the birds,” Wiltshire added.

Other cosmetic repairs are being performed at the facility and Wiltshire said he was looking forward to welcoming patrons to the stadium for the aforementioned “Windies” matches and the home stand of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots during the 2018 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPLT20) tournament.

Matches will be held at Warner Park on August 28 and 30, as well as September 1, 2 and 4.

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