BARBADOS plans to submit a bid to host the final of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
If successful, it will be the third time the island will stage the showpiece match of a major global event after Kensington Oval was selected for the finals of the 2007 World Cup and 2010 World Twenty20.
Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley revealed yesterday the bid would be contingent on the support of Government and a number of guarantees, adding they were waiting for a meeting with the Minister of Sport and the Minister of Tourism to discuss the bid.
“Once we get their blessing, we will proceed. We certainly would like to bid for it. We won the bid on the last two occasions based on the favourable competitive advantage we have as a territory. We certainly would like to bid again,” Riley told WEEKENDSPORT yesterday.
“It is dependent on whether Government would provide the guarantees that are required. In the past they did.”
Last Friday, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced it had issued a bid document inviting local boards for bid for matches in the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20, which will be played separately from the men’s tournament for the first time.
The event will be held in the Caribbean from November 3 to 24 and a bid document outlines the process for local cricket boards and governments while identifying three packages available – semi-finals and final; group matches in two countries which will host ten matches each; and warm-up matches in two countries which will stage two matches each.
Pointing to the reasons that would make Barbados’ bid strong, Riley identified the successful staging of the last two ICC finals in the Caribbean, the island’s hotel stock, infrastructure as a tourism destination and administrative capacity. (HG)
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