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West Indies Cricket Board on the move

THE HEADQUARTERS of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be relocated by early next year, says President Dave Cameron.

Cameron admits plans are in the pipeline to move the St John’s offices, in Antigua and Barbuda, to Stanford Cricket Ground, in Coolidge.

The move will come following the joint acquisition of the ground by the WICB and the Antigua and Barbuda government – and Cameron says he anticipates this to be completed early in 2017, although work at the facility could commence before then.

“Whether we acquire the stadium, and irrespective of the timeline, we are looking at starting to improve the park so that we can use it next year. It will become the home of West Indies cricket,” Mr Cameron said.

“We will lease the restaurant, because that’s not the business we’re in, and the idea is to create a cricket experience upstairs for tourists and, of course, our islanders from Antigua and Barbuda and surrounding islands. The head office will be re-located there and we ideally want to make that our home within Antigua and Barbuda,” he added.

In May last year, the news of the planned acquisition broke when Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced the country’s partnership with the WICB while addressing a gathering celebrating the cricket board’s 90th year of recognition by the International Cricket Council in Antigua.

Browne admitted they were negotiating with the Stanford liquidator receiver to acquire Stanford Cricket Ground, Sticky Wicket and other amenities, at a cost of around (US) $6million.

His government will underwrite up to half of that amount.

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