Cricket! England Returns to Antigua
Cricket is a sport we get really excited about – and take rather seriously – here on fun-loving Antigua, and since we know that England is coming back to play, we are more excited than ever.
Between April 13 and 17 next year England will play a Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua for the first time since the unfortunately-abandoned game against West Indies in 2009.
That’s roughly 7 years waiting for a match! Stating immediately after the abandonment of the 2009 Test in Antigua, then England captain Andrew Strauss said “We all feel for the spectators. The Recreation Ground is not in brilliant condition but the wickets we practised on were OK. Likewise the outfield is not great but it is better than here and would be satisfactory.”
Well, the grounds have gotten a lot better over the years, with England determining that the time and grounds are perfect for a test match. Paul Downton, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said “We thank West Indies for their assistance with the organisation of the tour and we know the venues will prove extremely popular with the thousands of cricket lovers who follow England to the Caribbean.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the exciting sport of cricket, there is no better time than to catch a test match here in the white sand beach paradise of Jolly Beach. Drop us a line soon, because tickets for this popular event will sell out very quickly!