WICB:  No venue change

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 23 January 2013

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ST GEORGE’S – The  West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected a request from the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) for a possible change  in venue for next  month’s three One-Day International matches between Zimbabwe and West Indies carded for the Queen’s Park Stadium. The association said  it had written to the WICB requesting that it considered a new venue for the games in light of general elections slated  for February 19. However, the WICB said its decision to leave the matches in St George’s was based on a report from the Royal Grenada Police Force. “The board of directors accepted the recommendation that the matches should be hosted in Grenada based on the written report received from the Grenada Commissioner of Police  . . . ,” said WICB’s letter  to minister of Sports Patrick Simmons following a board meeting in  St Lucia last weekend. “We confirm that the matches scheduled for Grenada will remain scheduled in Grenada.”  the letter further stated. Zimbabwe’s tour of the Caribbean, February 22  to March 20, comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODI)  and two Twenty20 Internationals. The association suggested a possible switch to Antigua  for the ODIs. Police Commissioner Willan Thompson has given the assurance that there would be adequate security for the games. “Be advised that the Royal Grenada Police Force will provide adequate security for players and patrons for all matches to be hosted by the Grenada Cricket Association in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board,” Thompson said in a letter to the Minister of Sports. (CMC)

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