WICB HQ to be relocated in Antigua
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
The headquarters of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be relocated to another venue in Antigua early in the new year, WICB President Dave Cameron has announced.
The head office, currently located in St John's, will be moved to the Stanford Cricket Ground at Coolidge, northeast of the capital, following the joint acquisition of the grounds by the WICB and the Antigua & Barbuda government.
Cameron says he expects the acquisition to be completed early next year but says work could start on improving the facility before the deal is done.
"Whether we acquire the stadium, and irrespective of the timeline, we are looking at starting to improve the park so that we can use it next year," Cameron was quoted by the Antigua Observer as saying.
"It will become the home of West Indies cricket."
Prime Minister Gaston Browne first announced the joint acquisition while addressing an event to celebrate WICB's 90th year of recognition by the International Cricket Council in Antigua earlier this year.
Browne said negotiations were continuing with the Stanford liquidator to acquire the Stanford Cricket Ground, Sticky Wicket and other amenities valued at US$6million.
The Antiguan government has promised to underwrite up to 50 per cent of the cost of the acquisition.