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.
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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