International Cricket bringing good revenues for Antigua & Barbuda

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews (R) celebrates with teammate Lahiru Thirimanne after the dismissal of West Indies' Nicholas Pooran(L) during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Riverside Ground, in Chester-le-Street, northeast England, on July 1, 2019.

The Chief Executive Officer of Cricket West Indies (CWI) was invited to the Cabinet to share new possibilities that Antigua’s hosting of the Sri Lanka tour has created for the destination. He gave an accounting of the amounts spent in the economy for the on-going tour, at a time when there has been a fall-off in spending and tax revenues in Antigua and the Caribbean, on account of the Covid-19 global pandemic; hotels, ground transport, food, services exceeded  EC$4.5 million dollars. International cricket has been very good for Antigua, he asserted. The presence of two world-class cricket grounds made Antigua a very attractive venue; only Trinidad, in the Eastern Caribbean, has two world-class grounds, and that country’s borders are closed at the moment, he explained. The CWI official thanked the Chief Quarantine Officer (who is the CMO) for her understanding and for devising protective protocols that work for the teams and their officials. He stressed that the new technologies which CWI will be employing are likely to make Antigua an even more attractive venue for international cricket and other sports.