Caribbean curators attend ICC workshop in Antigua
ST JOHN'S , Antigua (CMC):
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says improving the quality of pitches around the Caribbean remains a top priority ahead of the third season of the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL).
Twenty-five curators from around the region are attending a two-day intensive workshop at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, facilitated by International Cricket Council (ICC) Pitch Consultant, Andy Atkinson.
The two-day workshop which started yesterday focuses on issues such as pitch allocation, rotation, maintenance, draining, outfield management and offers technical guidelines for the participants.
"The workshop is timely," declared director of cricket, Richard Pybus.
"This workshop should serve to assist our curators around the region with additional information on how to maintain and improve their respective pitches".
Atkinson, an Essex-born pitch consultant who has been with the ICC since 1998, has toured extensively to cricketing nations globally.
He was last in the Caribbean region during the World Cup in 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010 and returned for a workshop in September 2011.
WICB head curator, Kent Crafton, is among participants as well as representatives from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, University of Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Jamaica, and Antigua and Barbuda.