A single main advantage the West Indies gain from web hosting ICC Cricket Planet Cup 2007 was the improvement of the cricket infrastructure about the Caribbean. The tournament came at a time when cricket grounds needed a significant upgrade and with cricket probably at its least expensive ebb.
So when Kensington Oval the Mecca of West Indies cricket submitted a effective bid to host the finals of the Cricket World Cup, everyone new what a substantial activity was at hand. And when in 2005 following a hundred and ten several years of 1st class cricket the ground was close, to commence what was an excessive make in excess of in time for cricket globe cup fans waited with baited breath.
After a yr of hefty construction Kensington Oval was reopen on Saturday February 17th 2007 with a spectacle befitting a cricket floor that has played host to a lot of magical cricket times.
What fans observed of the new Kensington Oval was nothing limited of miraculous, rebuilt at the monumental cost of 130 million bucks? The New Kensington Oval stands as a reminder of the dedication of the authorities and folks of Barbados to a activity and a facility that has brought Pleasure and glory to this modest Caribbean country.
The principal attraction of the Kensington Oval brand name has always been its abundant cricket historical past. This modest intimate cricket ground has been the house of some of the most famous cricketers to stroll this earth. Kensington Oval has also been the venue of some of the most magical times in cricket background.
One particular only has to pay a visit to the floor and get a appear at the names prominently shown on each and every stand and you will be transported into a location of nostalgia, names these kinds of as Garfield Sobers, the 3W’s Weeks, Worrell and Walcott, Hall and Griffith, Greenidge and Haynes, Marshall and Garner, all mirror Barbados as a cricketing powerhouse.
As Kensington Oval began a new innings with the Kensington Without end spectacle, which highlighted earlier greats, West Indian fans will hope and pray that the magnificence of this rebuild cricket location will inspire long term players to generate much more priceless cricket times such as individuals accomplished in the earlier:
Dennis Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiza 1955 match preserving stand of 347 for the seventh wicket from an Australian attack, which incorporate Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Richie Benaud.
The highest Take a look at score at the Kensington Oval is 337 by Hanif Mohammad for Pakistan towards the West Indies in 1958.
Lance Gibbs very best bowling figures of eight/38 attained from India in 1962.
Live Cricket Line in 1974 from England explain by the numerous enthusiasts that observed it as one particular of the best innings in cricket heritage.
Jeff Thomson fiery spell of quickly bowling in 1978, which accounted for the wickets of Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards and Alvin Kallicharan and won the hearts of the Barbadian fans.
Michael Holdings very best in excess of at any time in 1981 when he tormented Geoff Boycott with the 1st five balls and then clean bowled him with the final ball of that very same in excess of to send out the Barbadian crowd into frenzy.
Curtly Ambrose 8 for forty five in opposition to England in 1990 that won the match and the series for the West Indies.
And in 1999 Brian Lara serving a three-match probation from the West Indies Cricket Board played a single of the most majestic Examination match innings ever performed. He created 153 not out from the mighty Australians the innings was proclaimed by Wisden as a single of the five best Examination innings of all time.
And perhaps the most prestigious match the floor has ever hosted the 2007 Cricket Planet Cup ultimate amongst entire world champions Australia and Sri Lanka. Considering that then Kensington Oval has been primarily idle web hosting only the finals of Sir Garfield Sobers tournament, a hockey tournament and some trial matches for the Barbados cricket staff.
As we appear to restart international cricket at Kensington Oval in 2008 we appear forward to a lot more outstanding performances that will continue the legacy of this excellent floor. Our only hope is that the new era of West Indies cricketers live up to the substantial requirements set by the legends of this great sport.