By Neto Baptiste
Ticket sales for the inaugural Richards-Botham Trophy slated for March have been encouraging with Barbados leading the way.
This is according to CEO for Cricket West Indies (CWI), Johnny Grave, who is hoping the three-Test series will attract a large majority of English cricket fans.
“The ticket sales have been very strong across all three countries, Barbados just ahead of Antigua and then Grenada in terms of ticket sales but we are hoping everyone is in the UK wet, cold and miserable looking at the matches on the weekend and thinking they want to come to the Caribbean.
“Hopefully these matches sort of provide a great boost to the Caribbean in terms of advertising and promoting to English fans to flock in their thousands to come and enjoy the Caribbean hospitality and hopefully some good Test cricket,” he said.
The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will host the first Test slated for March 8-12 with the second Test carded for March 16-20 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The third and final Test will be held at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada from March 24-28.
Grave underscored the importance of having fans back in the stand.
“There have been thousands of fans come over. Obviously we’ve got restricted capacity in terms of 50 percent of Kensington being available for fans, but it’s just been brilliant that we have started to get back to a degree of normality by having fans back in the stands, particularly for T20s because it makes a huge difference for the players as well to have fans cheering them on and supporting them,” he said.
The Test series will be the first time that the teams will play for the Richards-Botham Trophy which will also form part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship.