HEARTENED by the support for West Indies' cricket in Dominica, captain Darren Sammy has given the country the green light, saying the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean deserves more international cricket.
"I think kudos to the Dominican crowd. I think we should have more matches here whether it is Twenty20, one-day cricket or Test matches. I think we played a one-day game against South Africa where the wicket had a little bit of pace. If some more work could be done to get the wicket similar to something in Barbados or Jamaica, I think it will be an excellent venue for cricket," Sammy said after the match.
Sammy said "the amount of support" for West Indies cricket was almost unbelievable during the inaugural Test at Windsor Park, the world's 106th Test venue.
"They were cheering on almost every run today (Sunday). I spoke to Dessie (Desmond Haynes) and he said that was how it felt like when he was playing. That second ball Fidel (Edwards) bowled (to Rahul Dravid) with the crowd rooting...I think it was very nice to see and I honestly vote for more cricket here in Dominica," Sammy said.
New West Indies Test batsman Kirk Edwards also lauded the Dominican spectators for their support, while at the end of the match, the Windies players walked around the ground thanking the fans for their whole-hearted and boisterous support.
Dominica had by far the biggest crowds in the 2011 Digicel Home Series against Pakistan and India, outstripping the attendances for the Tests in Guyana, St Kitts, Jamaica and Barbados, where the crowds fluctuated between 1,000 and 3,000 spectators. cont.
The recently contested third and final Test between India and the West Indies in Windsor Park, Roseau was the first to played in the island of Dominica, known as the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean (named as the world’s second most “pure” island in Islands Magazine April/May 2010), due to the large number of rainforests, waterfalls and mountains on the island. Dominica is not your typical West Indian island of sun, sand and surf, but rather, Dominica is a lush, green paradise comparable to locations the North Island of New Zealand.
After the Ministry of Tourism for Dominica received funding of 6 million euros from the European Union for the Ecotourism Development Program (this service was subsequently implemented by Tourism Intelligence International), known as the ETDP, Dominica became world-renowned for a wonderful ecotourism program. So what exactly is ecotourism? Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) is a form of tourism that appeals to ecologically and socially conscious individuals.
Generally speaking, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, personal growth and learning new ways to live on the planet. It typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the primary attractions, as is certainly the case in Dominica. cont./
Originally a recreational venue levelled out of a rubbish dump known as Cow Town, the ground was a popular venue for carnival activities, horse racing and state parades. In 1999 the general upliftment of the area, including the construction of a national stadium was planned for the site, but eventually fell through despite the clearance of existing stands and adjoining buildings.
Five years later, after prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of China, the creation of Windsor Park was put into action.
Named after Windsor in England and situated on the eastern side of Roseau, work on the stadium first began in 2005 on the first anniversary of the Caribbean island and far-east nation's association.
Part of the 'Four Pillar Projects' pledged by the People's Republic of China to the people of the commonwealth of Dominica and essentially viewed as a gift - ie: tax write-off - the ground came at a 17 million dollar expense.
Three and a half years later the project was completed and ready for its official opening. Not quick enough to host its first ODI at the 2007 World Cup, but ample time ahead of a maiden one-dayer in mid-2009. cont./
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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