Early Christmas deal for cricket fans

Antigua Observer article.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua - Cricketing fans purchasing tickets for the upcoming home series between West Indies and the visiting England team on or before December 14 will get two for the price of one.

This is according to WICB’s corporate communications manager, Imran Khan, who predicted tickets would go on sale in three weeks with unreserved going for $40 and reserved costing $55.

“As soon as ticket sales start, we will be selling tickets two for one so the $40 is actually going to get you two tickets because you will buy one and you will get one free and that will last up until Christmas Eve,” he said.

“I want to emphasise that the promotion, when it starts, will last only up until Christmas Eve. It’s our way of giving back to the Antiguan public for supporting cricket in some very difficult times in the past and we believe that $40 is a very reasonable price especially compared to what you have to pay around the world to watch one day cricket these days. But on top of that, we want to offer this additional special as a giving back to the Antigua public for Christmas.”

Antigua will host three One Day International (ODI) matches between England and West Indies between February 28 and March 5 of next year.

The matches will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the country’s first international cricketer, Andy Roberts, and will also mark the setting of two records by former captain, Brian Lara.

According to Khan, plans for the staging of the matches are on course.

“We’ve had several meetings with the stadium authorities and as you know, we have had meetings from very early with the government with regards to the hosting of the one day matches,” he said.

“We just had a meeting this week with the ABCA and plans are in place. At this stage, there are no major concerns with some of the seating having been removed from the Sir Vivian Richards stadium and some of the other seating that’s still in place has deteriorated but we have gotten all assurances that those will be replaced.

“There is still some amount of time between now and the matches with the first match being on February 28. So there are three full months and those seats have been sourced and they should be in place well in advance of the first day’s play,” Khan added.

Windies will take on England in the first of three matches on February 28 before returning on March 2 and 5 for two other ODIs. All matches here will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.

The teams will then travel to Barbados where they will play three Twenty20 matches on March 9, 11 and 13 at Kensington Oval.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 04:41