Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – With over a day to go before Saturday’s double-header in the Caribbean T20 at Queen’s Park Oval, all the available tickets have been snapped up by fans eager to see some of the region’s best players in action.
They feature match will be the much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash between defending champs Trinidad and Tobago and arch-rivals Guyana. It will also feature several members of the West Indies team which won the ICC World T20 championship last year.
The contest is being billed as a “mini final” and promises to be filled with entertainment from start to finish for the more than 20,000 fans who are expected at the historic venue. First ball is 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).
A ticket will also allow admission for the day’s first encounter between traditional rivals Leeward Islands and Windward Islands at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time).
Cindy McLean, the Caribbean T20 Event Manager, said the spectator support all during the first phase has been “magnificent” and a capacity crowd on Saturday would cap a great week.
“It is simply amazing to see that tickets for a match on Saturday night have been all snapped up so far in advance of the match being played. This means that the fans have totally enjoyed the experience in the stands and what they have seen on the field of play all week,” McLean said.
“Things have worked really well and we applaud the cricket-loving public of Trinidad and Tobago and several visitors who have come for their support of West Indies cricket in such a big way. You can feel the incredible excitement, enthusiasm and energy of the people as they demonstrate a passion for the game.”
McLean added: “We anticipate a massive climax to the first phase here in Trinidad on Saturday night before the tournament moves to St Lucia for the second phase next week. We have put all the systems in place to accommodate the spectators. They are part of the heart and soul of the game and this event.”
Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana are the two most successful teams in the Caribbean T20. Guyana won the inaugural tournament in 2010 while the Trinis won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. After play on Thursday night, T&T led the points table with nine points from three matches. Guyana are second with eight points from two matches, level with Barbados on eight points (three matches).
Fans in the region can watch the entire tournament live on ESPN Caribbean – the broadcast partner of the West Indies Cricket Board. Additional coverage is available on ESPN’s Networks in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. In Canada, fans can see the action via the Titan GSG Media Corporation.
The Caribbean T20 enters Day 6 at Queen’s Park Oval on Friday. Jamaica meet Leeward Islands at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time) while Barbados face Combined Campuses and Colleges at 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).