Cricket boss seeks permission to develop Factory

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President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, has called on the sports ministry to grant his association’s request to carry out development work at the Factory cricket ground.
His call comes after the walls at the popular ground located on Factory Road were painted bright red leading into the recent general elections held Wednesday.
Rodney, a former national coach, said the cricket association has written to the relevant authorities, on more than one occasion, seeking permission to put down a structure.
“This is not a warning but I want to say to whosever wins the election that since they can do that [paint the walls red], whenever they get in I want them to honour the letter that the cricket association wrote to them for a while where we are asking for permission to put a structure on Factory,” he said. 
The association, Rodney said, has already secured a commitment from sections of the business community where the development of the facility is concerned.
“We have a source who had said to us, just get the authority and they would get us the funds to put a pavilion so after I saw it [painting of the walls] I want politicians to understand that Factory is historic and we want to be able to do something there,” the cricket boss said.
The United Progressive Party (UPP), ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007, dismantled what was a dilapidated structure at the facility, promising to construct a modern pavilion and sports bar in its place. This however, never materialised. 
 

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