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WICB committed to excellence
Web Posted - Wed Jul 14 2004
President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Teddy Griffith said that the mission of the WICB was to produce the best ICC Cricket World Cup.
Griffith said that last night’s ceremony in Jamaica “represents the firing of the pistol to start the race to the ICC CWC 2007”, and he was honoured to participate at the announcement of the award of matches.
Griffith added that when they leave the ceremony “the course over which our venues in the Caribbean will have to run will have been clearly mapped”.
“The race that every one of the selected venues will now embark on is that of planning for and putting every detail in place to ensure the successful staging of each event in the 2007 CWC, be it a warm-up game, the opening ceremony or the final.
“Now that we have reached this stage in the preparation and have experienced the wave of expectation and excitement across the region it is my board’s duty and commitment to deliver the best world cup ever.
“We are determined to ensure that we attain success, not only in the staging of the tournament, but on the field of play. In working towards that goal the WICB is committed over the next 24 months to investing in the preparation of our own team to procure the type of continued and consistent improvement that will give us every chance of reclaiming the World Cup for the people of the Caribbean.”
The ICC CWC 2007 will bring an influx of fans and visitors from across the cricketing world and Griffith has “every expectation that the economic benefits of hosting the CWC will spread beyond the immediate boundaries of those countries that have been selected as host venues”.
“For the better part of two months in early 2007, our Caribbean region will be exposed to at least one quarter of the world’s population and this region has an unprecedented opportunity to enhance its deserved reputation as a leading tourism destination and to showcase its overall investment potential.
“The development of the infrastructure required to host this event will be a lasting legacy to the people of the region,” he said.
Griffith pointed out that there will also be an “improvement of and addition to the cricketing facilities, to which, sadly, we have admittedly not paid enough attention in the past”.
The president of the WICB took the opportunity to publicly commend and thank all the governments of the Caribbean for their unstinting support and commitment that they have offered to the WICB in their quest to bring the ICC CWC 2007 to the Caribbean. “Our leaders have committed themselves to the process from 1998 and we look forward to their continued close co-operation over the months to the CWC 2007.
Griffith also offered a special word of thanks to some people “without whose words and guidance we would have had great difficulty in surviving the challenge of the past months”.
“I wish to recognise on behalf of the WICB the work of Rawle Brancker chairman of CWC 2007 and his board of directors, Christopher Dehring the managing director of CWC 2007 and all of his management and staff and the members of the venue assessment team who have been our advisors … in the selection of the venues.”
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