Former West Indian fast bowler Colin Croft believes the brand-new Guyana National Stadium at Providence passed its first test with flying colours on Wednesday.
“Let us get one thing perfectly clear. Without any bias whatsoever, this new stadium in spite of all of the hooplas, positive and negative, about almost everything imaginable that can be suggested for a new sports stadium, has passed its first test with flying colours,” Croft wrote in his diary for a local newspaper on Thursday.
He added, “No-one expected that everything would be in absolutely perfect working order, and not everything was, but from a standpoint of being functional, the new Guyana National Stadium (GNS) at Providence is a winner; 8.5 out of 10!”
There had been fears that the Providence Stadium would not be ready in time to stage the Super Eight match between South Africa and Sri Lanka. But it did host the match in spite of a few minor hiccups.
“What I do find strange with all of the accusations, suggestions and everything else is that no one seems to remember that anything new causes problems. It is how one deals with the new and ongoing problems to these projects that will inform about flexibility,” wrote Croft.
“London’s new Wembley Stadium was only played on last weekend, fully two years after it was supposed to have been used, after its renovation, and also fully 20 million British Pounds (US$40 million) over budget. Do I hear any noises on this? Of course not!”
Croft praised the stadium’s ground staff for assuring excellent playing conditions.
“The pitch stood up well to nearly 100 overs of the first game, in spite of some persistent rains before the first game, and all of the other things that go into making a good pitch,” said Croft.
“Andy Atkinson, who is the International Cricket Council (ICC) Pitch Consultant on the GNS pitch project, an old friend of mine from his days at Essex County Cricket Club when I played County Cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, should be very proud indeed of his and his team’s efforts,” he explained.
“Similarly, the people who managed to get the outfield in such immaculate, “fast” condition and to have it become much larger than most other outfields in the Caribbean, should also be happy at the first outing of the Guyana National Stadium at Providence,” he added.
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