Antigua upping preparations for India Test series

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St. John’s (Antigua), April 17 (IANS) Antigua has began preparing to host a Test match during the upcoming India series in anticipation of getting official word from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Sports Minister E.P. Chet Greene has said they had got “verbal information” that the tour would go ahead. Officials at the island’s premier cricket venue, the Vivian Richards Stadium, had started putting things in place, reports CMC.

“We are waiting for the official communique but the verbal information is yes, the Test series is happening,” Greene told the Observer newspaper.

“But even at the level of preparation at the stadium we have already started the work because we don’t want to get the announcement and then we find ourselves short of time.”

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WICB president Dave Cameron confirmed last month the four-Test tour would go ahead in July and August but specific dates and venues have not been announced.

The tour had been in jeopardy for some time after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended bilateral ties with the WICB following the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago.

Antigua last hosted a Test during England’s tour of the Caribbean last year, when the first Test ended in a tense draw.

Greene praised the stadium team for their commitment to moving quickly to spruce up preparations.

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