Antigua, – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are happy to report that they are jointly contributing US$25,000 to the Government of Dominica to help the country cope with the devastation which was caused by Tropical Storm Erika at the end of August.
Both institutions partnered to showcase a Celebrity T20 match which was held at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The game was between WICB President’s XI versus UWI Vice Chancellor Celebrity XI. Both teams both had six WI cricketers and five Caribbean celebrities.
UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles said that the UWI was pleased to be collaborating with the WICB for “such a worthy cause, and the UWI remains committed to doing all it can to help the people of Dominica recover.”
WICB CEO, Michael Muirhead would like to thank all the participants and hopes that “the contribution will serve to help the island in its recovery process. We also hope that the contribution will have an impact on as many people as possible for the Christmas season.”
Some of the top Caribbean celebrities who played included, Brian Lara, Dwight Yorke, Yohan Blake; while Sir Curtly Ambrose, his younger peer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, along with current players were all part of the charity game. Top female cricketer, Stafanie Taylor was also part of the President’s XI.
The game, held on September 26 was played just before the men’s team toured Sri Lanka where they participated in two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s.