GCB begins preparations for Pakistan

Guyana Times article.

GERGETOWN, GUYANA - Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie revealed on Friday that the local body has commenced preliminary preparations for hosting its leg of the West Indies/Pakistan matches of the Digicel home series.

Guyana will host the first two ODIs on July 14 and 16, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence and, according to Sanasie, Guyana will be prepared and fully ready, despite the limited time available.

Also, during the Guyana leg, the visitors will play a 50-over warm-up game against Guyana at the GCC ground on July 11.

“We have commenced preliminary preparations two weeks ago, the GCB has the expertise to organise any tournament at any giving time, so the West Indies/Pakistan leg here will be no problem for us to organise,” Sanasie said.

The GCB secretary indicated that the organising team of the Board will meet with officials early next week to discuss security and other matters that relate to the hosting of an event of this magnitude.

According to Sanasie, ticket prices will be finalised over the weekend by the WICB, and is tentatively scheduled to go on sale on Tuesday at the GCB ticket office on Regent Road, Bourda. Tickets will also be available at the stadium on match day.

Sanasie also pointed out that entry to the warm-up game is free and spectators will use the Rohan Kanahi pavilion.

On the other hand, Sanasie said that he is pleased international cricket has returned to Guyana.

“We the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) did our best to ensure that cricket returned to Guyana, it is a relief that the Guyanese public will see international cricket at home,” the GCB secretary said.

Guyana has not hosted international matches in close to two years as a result of the dispute between GCB and Government of Guyana following the body’s controversial elections in 2011. Guyana last hosted an ODI in 2011 between West Indies and Pakistan.

The WI/Pakistan series includes five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

The remaining ODIs will be played in St Lucia on July 19, 21 and 24. The two T20Is will be played at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St Vincent on July 27 and 28.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 08:43