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Cricket 'Test' Match at St. Kitts Stadium

By June 6, 2006

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Cricket World Cup 2007 mascot Like the rest of the Caribbean, St. Kitts is getting revved up about hosting the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in 2007. Yes, it's true my fellow Americans: people actually do get excited about cricket.

To the point: St. Kitts unveiled Basseterre's newly refurbished Warner Park Stadium in late May for a One Day International Cricket Match, a sort of tuneup for next year's World Cup. How excited were the locals? A national holiday was declared as millions watched the "suspenseful and exciting" victory by the West Indies team over cricket powerhouse India.

Warner Park Stadium is being expanded to accommodate up to 10,000 spectators for the World Cup. St. Kitts tourism minister Ricky Skerritt, a former team manager of the West Indies cricket squad, says he hopes the refurb of Warner Park Stadium will help St. Kitts "attract an increasing number of major international sporting events to our island."

The ICC World Cup, held next March, will involve 16 teams from around the world and be held in eight Caribbean nations. St. Kitts will host teams from South Africa, Scotland, Holland and Australia in six matches. Opening ceremonies will be in Jamaica, and the finals will be held in April 2007 in Barbados.

For more information, see my St. Kitts and Nevis pages! BTW, that cute fella holding the wicket to the right is Mello, the official mascot of the 2007 Cricket World Cup...

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