Friday, March 23, 2007

The Beausejour Cricket Ground is expected to see its biggest crowd of the last two weeks when England and Kenya play out the last group stage game tomorrow.

Crowds have been sparse for the non-England games, with the New Zealand-Canada game witnessing a small army of Black Cap fans and free entry for the island's school children.

Vendors have also been enraged at the apparent 'ambush marketing' by the local organsing committee of the Cricket World Cup. They say they are being priced out of the grounds by the large resgistration fees, while locals who took out loans in an attempt to spruce up their homes in anticipation for the thousands they were told would be coming to St Lucia, have been left in short shrift.

Much has been written in the local press about politics having preference over cricket when it came to St Lucia hosting group games, and speaking to a few islanders, it seems that this is nothing new.

After all, as mentioned in an earlier post, St Lucians have had to make do listening to the radio during games at the Beausejour in a bid to attract fans to the stadium.