GCA President calls for alternative venues to host cultural shows

Local cricket chief Dwayne Gill

Local cricket chief Dwayne Gill

President of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA), Dwayne Gill wants to see other venues and not the Grenada National Cricket Stadium used to host activities that are not of a sporting nature.

Sections of the stadium ground were damaged by Carnival revellers during the 2015 soca monarch show which was plagued with consistent showers.

Gill, who was speaking on a radio sports programme that is produced by Physical Education Instructor, Allan Duncan, said if the stadium which is the country’s major sporting facility is continued to be used for cultural shows, he believes there will always be a major discord.

The GCA President said he cannot pass judgement on who should be held responsible for the damage to the field as he is aware that the authorities are saying that the stadium has to be shared.

He said although he was out of State for the majority of the Carnival season, he was able to see pictures of the destruction of the stadium grounds after the soca monarch show.

Gill acknowledged that the cricket field is now looking in a reasonable condition with the ground staff doing a “good job.”

“The ground staff is doing a good job in terms of getting the field back in good condition and, to me, it looks okay just about three or so weeks after the event, so I wouldn’t make it an issue,” he said.

Gill stated that he is happy to see that the authorities are making the necessary arrangements to do all of the repair work on the field to get it back in top shape.

He is confident that the groundsmen who are working on the field have an idea of what can be done and where it can be done.

Grenada is scheduled to host three One-Day Internationals cricket matches between Pakistani Women and their West Indies counterparts at the National Stadium beginning October 22.

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