JIS News

Cricket fans in Jamaica can now breathe a sigh of relief as contrary to reports, the Jamaican leg of the India tour is still on.
According to Executive Director of the Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC), Robert Bryan, the matches on May 18 and 20 would be played as scheduled at Sabina Park.
He was speaking at a press conference on April 12 at the offices of Jamaica LOC, to address a number of issues raised by Ashtrom Limited, which is doing upgrading work at Sabina Park, including that the cricket matches at the venue this year might further delay the project as the need might arise to suspend work.
“Based on a firm commitment from Ashtrom to the Board, it was agreed that matches of the India tour will be played at Sabina Park as scheduled with the clear commitment that this would not affect the completion of the project as is contracted,” he said.
However, he said that the new North Stand at the park would not be available to patrons during the matches. “They will be adequately secured to ensure the safety of all and to also facilitate the continued activities of construction during the period,” Mr. Bryan pointed out.
In the meantime, after much consideration, he said that the Jamaica LOC would not use the event to test the Cricket World Cup 2007 security procedures as was previously contemplated.

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