The West Indies and Bangladesh players were welcomed to Dominica in style after they arrived on island via the ferry on Thursday, June 30 2022 at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth.
A welcome cocktail reception was hosted at the Kempinski Resort and Spa, where the players from both camps were treated with cultural dances and performances.
This as Dominica is set to host two t20 international this weekend at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Hon. Denise Charles told the players that Dominica is happy for the opportunity to host them for the two games.
“We are extremely happy to host you in the most talked about destination in the Caribbean right now and we hope you have superb experiences that will ensure that our next vacation is in Dominica. Sports Tourism, besides connecting people of different languages and cultures through recreation and sports, provides an excellent community for us to travel and learn about the culture, heritage and customs of different countries. The more we bond as global citizens, the greater understanding we will have of each other, the better societies we can create and the fonder memories we will have to share about our unique experiences in each destination,” Hon. Charles stated.
International cricket was last played on island in 2017 before Hurricane Maria devastated the country including the stadium.
Vice President of Cricket West Indies, Dr. Kishore Shallow says they are happy to be back in Dominica to play cricket. He commended the Government for the work they have done to bring international cricket back to Dominica.
“We are quite happy to be here. I want to thank the both teams, the officials and the broadcast team for braving the waters so to speak to be here in Dominica. We are indeed happy to be back in Dominica after some time to paly international cricket. Let me commend the Government for the role that they have played in the partnership to have cricket return to Dominica. It has been months of exchanges, logistics and as you would appreciate it is a massive undertaking to host an international series. And I am really grateful for the cooperation of the Government of Dominica for us reaching this stage,” Dr. Shallow noted.
Meanwhile, Minister for Sports, Culture and Community Development, Hon. Roselyn Paul says the hosting of international games will have a huge impact on the country’s economy.
“Your presence is a clear reminder of the impact hosting such events can have on our economies. Tourism is a major pillar of our economic growth and given the power of sports to move people from place to place we are confident that by investing in this sector we can realize economic success through capitalizing on the multi-billion dollar sports industry,” Hon. Paul stated.
The Sports Minister says the hosting of international cricket will give the country a platform for sports tourism to thrive.
“The hosting of international cricket is therefore important to us as it provides an avenue for us to realize our sports tourism potential and through the Windsor Park Sports Stadium we can create a platform upon which this sector can thrive. We endeavor to ensure that all is done to make the Nature Isle experience a memorable one. We have ensured that all is in place to enable our visitors to be comfortable and safe,” Hon. Paul added.
Acting Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Senior Minister Hon. Reginald Austrie say these games are significant to the Government and people of Dominica as they show that Dominica has been able to overcome the challenges posed by natural disasters.
He also commended the West Indian players on being ambassadors for the region.
“You are ambassadors to our region. You are doing an excellent job. You are an inspiration to the young people. Cricket will always be with us because it is one of the unifying factors which hold us together as Caribbean and West Indian people and so we expect that to continue for a very long time. You are our role models and the young people will come out to look at you and determine whether they want to pursue cricket as a career,” Hon. Austrie stated.
Meanwhile, Captain of the West Indies T20 Team, Nicholas Pooran says he hopes the team can go out and execute their game plan.
He noted that series like these are important as they look to build momentum leading up the T20 World Cup later this year.
“We spoke as a group about how we want to play T20 cricket and it’s good for us to come here and start off here. We can go out there and execute our game plan and our skills. It motivates us lot and we are happy to see the test team coming of back to back series wins and that is something we want to take from their book as well and we can start getting to winning ways in T20 cricket. These series are very, very important especially for our players, just to get confidence and for our team to keep building together. I think it’s coming along nicely, our team is gelling well after coming from those series in the Netherlands and in Pakistan so we are just looking forward to the summer,” Pooran stated.