Caribbeans not happy with ICC’s conduct of WC
WORLD CUP: The Caribbean people are certainly not happy the
way the International Cricket Council has conducted the World Cup 2007
They reckon that the ICC has left the West Indies a US$ half a
million in debt most of which is owned by the states that can ill afford
They also allege that the ICC stands to make a profit of US$ 294
million from the current World Cup. This is after allowing for the over
US$ 2 million to the ultimate champions and big prize money to all other
West Indians here are not at all happy the way the World Cup has been
negotiated. They are also convinced that if the Champions Trophy is to
be held in the Caribbean that the West Indies Cricket Board must
negotiate a better deal.
Come back Brian Lara
It is the consensus here that master batsman Brian Lara should not
have rushed into retirement, but played at least another season.
There have been calls for Lara to reconsider his decision from many
quarters in the Caribbean.
The latest comes from the Sports Minister Rogers Boynes for Lara to
reconsider his decision to retire.
In asking Lara to, reconsider his decision, the Sports Minister has
told him that has just 47 runs to make for 12,000 runs.
Boynes spent much time at Lara’s hilltop residence on Lady Chancellor
Hill, St. Anne’s and said that he came there more than a minister and
came there as a Trinidadian. And while there he let Lara know that he is
loved and supported.
Boynes said that he discussed a lot of topics with Lara including an
appropriate way to honour Lara.
The Sports Minister said that what was discussed and certain things
in the discussion would be taken to the Prime Minister.
Lara had a lot of criticism flung at him when his team failed to make
it to the World Cup finals.
Record ticket sales
With attendance soaring beyond the 400,000 barrier following the
Super 8 series World Cup cricket organisers said that the event was on
course for a record.
According to Cricket World Cup 2007 Inc. 403,000 fans have already
entered to watch the games following the Super 8s and with 570,000
tickets already sold, the tournament is on the verge of recording the
highest ticketing revenue in the history of the event.
They are confident that they could record the highest ticketing
revenue for a Cricket World Cup - beating the US$ 22 million in England
in 1999 and US$ 10 million in South Africa in 2004.
The highest turn out for a match was 22,452 fans which witnessed the
final round match between England and West Indies at Kensington Oval on
Saturday. The tournament has averaged 8,500 fans per match.
The second highest attendance was seen at the Kensington Oval when
England fronted up to South Africa with 17,013 cricket fans passing
through the turnstiles. Pakistan’s first round clash with West Indies
saw 16,574 taking in the action.
An increase in spectators was witnessed when several restrictions
were relaxed for the Super 8 phase.