St John’s, Antigua: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has decided to stage all matches during the Antigua leg of the Regional Super50 competition at the Sticky Wicket Ground in St John’s.
The Sticky Wicket became a popular cricket venue when it’s ex owner disgraced former American billionaire Allan Standford used it to host Standford Twenty20 matches a few years ago. The final game held at the ground was the “US $Twenty million for 20” between the Standford Superstars led by Chris Gayle and England captained by Kevin Pietersen on November 1, 2008.
After Standford was jailed in the United States for fraud, the ground just stood there and began to deteriorate. Sandford was charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission with fraud involving $7 billion in certificates, he was sentenced to life in prison.
The WICB in partnership with the Government of Antigua have acquired the facility for over $6 million dollars, their headquarters will be housed there. Former West Indies fast bowler, Sir Andy Roberts has spoken out against the Government of Antigua buying the ground in conjunction with the WICB.
According to Sir Andy, the ground should have been purchased for the development of cricket in Antigua. The other matches in the Super50 will be played in Barbados.