The stage is set for Dominica’s first test match

Dominica is on the verge of hosting its first test match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

To signal the historic event, a media launch was held at the stadium on Wednesday, June 1st.

This will be the first test match at the state-of-the-art facility, which features a capacity of 12,000 seats including private boxes, a media center, practice nets, a players’ complex, digital score boards and five cricket pitches.

Events Manager, Gifford Walsh said that the management team for the third Digicel test, West Indies versus India, being held from July 6th to 10th, has been working feverishly to ensure that the event is executed successfully.

‘This is the third consecutive year that Dominica is hosting international cricket. We successfully hosted Bangladesh and South Africa in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and much of that success was due to the tremendous effort put in by the Management team. My task and that of the team is to replicate those early successes and even surpass them,’ said Mr Walsh.

Marketing Liason Officer for the third Digicel test, Mr Sobers Esprit said that his committee is working hard to promote the event and will be aiming to have all the seats filled on each of the five days.

‘We have adopted a multi-prolonged approach that includes television, radio, print, electronic media and social media. Apart from working with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), we are also working with a wide cross-section of the community including Digicel, Headline sponsor of West Indies Cricket, ScotiaBank, innovators of the Kiddy Cricket Programme, Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and other corporate partners to promote the upcoming test across the widest possible audience,’ stated Mr Esprit.

It was a moment of pride for the President of the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA), Mr Emmanuel Nanthan, who last year called for Dominica to host its first test match.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Honorable Justina Charles delivered the feature address at the launch.

She says the hosting of this event is a milestone for sports and the development of cricket in Dominica, and paid homage to the cricket stalwarts.

‘As we prepare for the hosting of the World Champions, India, and our very own West Indies team, we honor those who have represented us at the West Indies level – Grayson, Irving and Shane Shillingford, Norbert Phillip and Adam Sanford,’ say Minister Charles.

Tickets for the game will go on sale from June 13th and will range from ten to forty E.C dollars for different days of the test match and one hundred and twenty dollars for season tickets.

Persons wishing to buy tickets may contact the Dominica Cricket Association.

Members of the Management Team for the India versus West Indies – Third Digicel Test include Gifford Walsh, Events Manager; McDowill Paul, Finance and Accreditation; Herbert Sabaroche, Manager-Players Pavillion & Hospitality; Sobers Esprit, Marketing Liaision; Marie-Antoinette Mora, Media Liaison; Eugenia Blanc, Sanitation Coordinator; Supt. David Andrew, Head of Security, assisted by Sgt. Richmond Valentine; Lockhart Sebastien, Cricket Operations; Eddie Bruno, Ticketing; Richard Letang, Curator-WPSS; Rhona Riley, Head of Protocol/Ushers; Dr. David Johnson, Medical Coordinator; Mervin Thomas, Catering Coordinator and Francis Richards who is responsible for all Stadium matters.

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