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Kensington Oval to turn a new leaf

The famous Barbados stadium, venue for the final, is all set to stage night cricket

- K.R.NAYAR Staff Reporter

The Kensington Oval, venue for the final, will stage night cricket soon. The base for setting up the floodlight­s has already been created.

With night cricket not so popular in the West Indies, the Oval will be setting the trend. Irrespecti­ve of the number of fans coming to watch the matches, the Kensington Oval has dressed up beautifull­y for the tournament and looks majestic.

The stadium, which earlier had a capacity of only 15,000, was closed by the end of the 2005 season, after the Pakistan tour, to make way for a few ultra modern facilities. Its capacity now stands at 27,000.

This ground had this unique reputation of the home team never losing a match till the mid 1990s. The Three Ws stand, named after the three West Indian greats Frank Worrell, Everton Weeks and Clyde Walcott, looks splendid.

Hall of fame

While the entrance faces the Hall and Griffith stand, the north and south stands bear the names of legendary fast bowlers Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner.

The stadium had also hosted the first England touring side in 1895. The first combined West Indies team also played their first match against the MCC in 1910 on this very ground.

Barbados had successful­ly staged the World Championsh­ip of Golf recently which ensured some increase in spending here, thanks to visitor influx.

 ?? AP ?? Britain’s Prince Harry (left) and his girlfriend Chelsy Davy soak up the action during England’s Super Eight clash against Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. The famed stadium will soon be hosting night cricket for...
AP Britain’s Prince Harry (left) and his girlfriend Chelsy Davy soak up the action during England’s Super Eight clash against Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. The famed stadium will soon be hosting night cricket for...

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