The last time Indian visited Trinidad to play cricket, they sat and looked at the outfield without going unto it, despite the sun blazing down at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Drainage issues bowled out the Test match that was carded for the venue last year but this time around, the Indians will be greeted by a magnificent Oval, so says president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath.
India arrived in Trinidad last evening at 3.45pm from London, where they were beaten by Pakistan in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday. They will play their first two ODIs in Trinidad on Friday and Sunday at the Oval. According to Bassarath :”The Indians will be greeted by a magnificent Queen’s Park Oval. This ground remains one of the top venues in the world and come this weekend, there will be cricket at the Oval. Everything is in place for two exciting matches and we are looking forward for a good performance from our boys against a top class Indian outfit. We have held all our planning meetings and everything is in place, so we are inviting fans to come down for the match.”
Bassarath said that tickets sales for the clash has been going well and he expects a good crowd to show for the match. “The tickets sales have been good and we expect to see a good crowd on both days.” His dismissed rumours that fans are planning boycott of the matches because middle order batsman Darren Bravo is not included :”That is not so, tickets sales have been good and there is no need for any boycott of any matches at the Oval. The cricket will be played and I can assure you that fans will be there to support our team.”
The Indians will train at the Oval today from 1pm, while the West Indies will have first use of the venue this morning. India will play two ODIS here, two in Antigua, one in Jamaica and will round off their short tour with a T20, also in Jamaica before flying out.