ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Last week, the sports minister had issued orders for the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association to move its secretariat from its current office space within Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds (SVRCG) to the space designated as a ticket booth outside of the grounds by Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
That order to vacate the SVRCG has now been rescinded by its issuant, Senator Winston Williams Jr, Minister of Sports.
The president of the cricket association, Zorol Barthley said that he, “has received communication from the Ministry of Sports rescinding the earlier correspondence (by Minister Williams).”
Barthley expressed his satisfaction for the resolution.
“I always thought an error was made … an unfortunate error. I think a battle was picked that was not necessary and I think everything has fallen back into place,” Barthley said.
“I just want to reiterate one of the comments I made within the correspondence (to Minister Williams), with regards to the ownership of the stadium – the 10 per cent ownership of the assets of the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket (Grounds) by the Antigua Barbuda Cricket Association. That is in place. There is no if, and, but or maybe on that one.”
Amidst public outcry at the ill-timing of the proposed jettison of the cricket secretariat from its home at SVRCG prior to the country’s hosting of three One Day International matches in February/March 2014, the cricket fraternity is now able to breathe easy as it gets to keep its home.
Barthley has confirmed that plans for this ODI series are “coming along well”, but that he is having challenges achieving a quorum as only 19 of the association’s members are “financial” (compliant) with twenty-five needed.
“We have been assigned these games … very critical games in the whole development of West Indies cricket. I am not comfortable that we (at the association) are putting our best foot forward in that regard.”
The ODIs will run from February 28 to March 5, 2014.
The president hopes to have the member-body be in a position to be ready to make the necessary plans going forward by its next general meeting on November 8.