The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) joins the rest of the world in marking World Heritage Day today, April 18.
The theme for this year – The Heritage of Sport – is fitting for the Caribbean region and cricket in particular as the region boasts 10 international cricket grounds, all of which has significant history for its people. A number of milestone memories were also made at these venues across the region.
Today we pay particular attention to this day for cricket. In 1994, April 18, West Indies batsman, Brian Lara, scored 375 runs at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG) to erase the previous record set by Sir Garry Sobers (365).
Also on this day in 1992, the West Indies and South Africa played at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. This was the first test for South Africa after being away from the game for almost 20 years. The West Indies won by 52 runs.
“The role sport plays worldwide is not to be underestimated and the WICB, following on the success of three of its teams winning World Titles within the first four months of the year, is optimistic about the opportunities for further growth for the region and the players,” says President, Dave Cameron.
The President that “a lot of cricket is being played around the world as well as in the region and we at the Board urge young people to get involved now as there are endless options for them.”
The region will host a series of tours this summer, starting June 3 in Guyana with the 2016 Tri-Nation series featuring Australia, South Africa and the West Indies; India in a four Test series and the fourth running of the Caribbean Premier League.