UWI WAS THE BETTER CHOICE FOR TRAINING CAMP SAYS SKERRITT
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – President of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt has defended the decision to use the facilities at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies to host a two-week training camp for the West Indies team, preparing to head to Ireland for a Tri-Nations Series next month.
The move came under heavy criticism and CWI was accused of spending unnecessary money to host the camp in Barbados, instead of the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, which is part owned with the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.
In a recent interview, Skerritt said however, that holding the camp at UWI was a considerably cheaper option.
He said this was due to the fact that the majority of persons attending the camp were from Barbados.
“The use of the UWI facilities at this point in time for what was needed cost us no more than what they would have cost at CCG and in fact, the majority of the team selected for the camp were actually from Barbados, so it saved us a tremendous amount of airfares,” said Skerritt. “Additionally, some of the support staff, three or four of the support staff are from Barbados,” he finished.
The two-week training camp came to an end on Friday and the 15-member squad will begin leaving for Ireland on Tuesday, where they will face the hosts and Bangladesh in a series of matches from May 5 to 17, before turning their focus to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales which starts on May 30.