JCA targeting April date for Sabina lighting

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford Heaven, says his administration is working to provide Caribbean Premier League (CPL) officials with something 'meaningful' as it relates to floodlights at Sabina Park by the end of April.

The plan, he says, is as a result of positive discussions that have been taking place between the Government of Jamaica and India, which has expressed an interest in assisting the country to acquire the commodity.

"My understanding is that the CPL is willing to wait until the end of April to see something meaningful taking place as it relates to the lights," Heaven said.

"It (floodlights) is something we are assiduously working on, and the hope is that we will have things ready before that time.

"There are discussions that are presently going on between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of India, and at this stage, were are optimistic about developments."

If successful, such an initiative would follow a somewhat similar venture undertaken by the Indians in the mid-2000s when they built Guyana's Providence Stadium as a gift to the people of the South American mainland.

Providence Stadium was built in time for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held here in the Caribbean.

The floodlights installation, according to Heaven, is expected to take between three and four months, while the CPL, which is entering its second year, is set to get under way on July 15.

Jamaica, home to the victorious Jamaica Tallawahs franchise team, was the only one of six countries that did not have a venue that was capable of hosting night matches.

The country was, however, given an exemption by the CPL, which has subsequently made it known that should things remain the same, the country would not be allowed to stage games.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 05:51