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Some US$9 million in revenue is expected to be generated from ticket sales in the island for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007.
This is according to Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Delano Franklyn, who said the earnings would be a “slap in the face,” of those who had predicted a bleak outlook for ticket sales for Jamaica’s Yellow Package.
“There were some persons who prior to this were giving the impression that we would not be able to sell the tickets and as a result of that, I got the impression that some people were gloating that this area would have flopped,” he commented at the recent launch of the Jamaica Cricket Legacy, at Eden Gardens on Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston.
The Minister said ticket sales were going extremely well and this was reflected in sold out seats for the warm-up match between India and the West Indies on March 9, as well as for the opening ceremony, this evening.
The first match of the tournament featuring the West Indies versus Pakistan has also been sold out, as well as the semi-final, which will be held on April 24.
“I wish to congratulate all Jamaicans who rallied around the matches and the preparations for the event and who will be coming out in large numbers to support the West Indies and other teams,” Senator Franklyn remarked.
“It is a very clear testimony to me that Jamaicans usually demonstrate a particular unique form of culture. At the start of things you get the impression that we are going to get there, but we are not moving as energetically and enthusiastically as everyone would wish for us to do. In the middle of the preparation, we begin to pick up speed like Asafa Powell in the middle of the track and towards the tape, you cannot catch us and that is exactly what has happened in relation to CWC 2007,” he said.
The Foreign Affairs Minister further said that it was not by chance that Jamaica was given the chance to host the first match for ICC CWC 2007 at Sabina Park. “We will be on display and we signal to the world whether or not that we are fit and proper to host the event,” he expounded.
He said that if at the end of the mega event, Jamaica was able to do everything, as successfully as anticipated, then the nation would be able to sit at any bargaining table anywhere in the world to host an event. “We can say that we were tested in terms of hosting CWC 2007 and were required to put in certain infrastructural requirements and we did and were able to host the games successfully,” he argued.