A single main benefit the West Indies acquire from internet hosting ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was the improvement of the cricket infrastructure about the Caribbean. The tournament came at a time when cricket grounds essential a main update and with cricket potentially at its most affordable ebb.
So when Kensington Oval the Mecca of West Indies cricket submitted a profitable bid to host the finals of the Cricket World Cup, absolutely everyone new what a substantial activity was at hand. And when in 2005 after a hundred and ten a long time of 1st course cricket the ground was near, to begin what was an intense make in excess of in time for cricket entire world cup followers waited with baited breath.
Following a 12 months of hefty development Kensington Oval was reopen on Saturday February seventeenth 2007 with a spectacle befitting a cricket floor that has performed host to a lot of magical cricket times.
What supporters noticed of the new Kensington Oval was absolutely nothing limited of miraculous, rebuilt at the monumental price of one hundred thirty million dollars? The New Kensington Oval stands as a reminder of the commitment of the govt and individuals of Barbados to a activity and a facility that has introduced Joy and glory to this little Caribbean country.
The main attraction of the Kensington Oval manufacturer has usually been its rich cricket heritage. This tiny personal cricket floor has been the residence of some of the most famous cricketers to walk this earth. Kensington Oval has also been the location of some of the most magical moments in cricket historical past.
One particular only has to go to the ground and consider a look at the names prominently exhibited on every single stand and you will be transported into a location of nostalgia, names these kinds of as Garfield Sobers, the 3W’s Weeks, Worrell and Walcott, Hall and Griffith, Greenidge and Haynes, Marshall and Garner, all replicate Barbados as a cricketing powerhouse.
As Crictime started a new innings with the Kensington Without end spectacle, which showcased earlier greats, West Indian followers will hope and pray that the magnificence of this rebuild cricket location will inspire future players to generate more priceless cricket moments this kind of as people attained in the earlier:
Dennis Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiza 1955 match saving stand of 347 for the seventh wicket from an Australian attack, which include Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Richie Benaud.
The greatest Take a look at rating at the Kensington Oval is 337 by Hanif Mohammad for Pakistan towards the West Indies in 1958.
Lance Gibbs very best bowling figures of 8/38 reached in opposition to India in 1962.
Lawrence Rowe 302 in 1974 from England describe by the a lot of enthusiasts that observed it as one of the greatest innings in cricket history.
Jeff Thomson fiery spell of rapidly bowling in 1978, which accounted for the wickets of Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards and Alvin Kallicharan and won the hearts of the Barbadian fans.
Michael Holdings ideal in excess of ever in 1981 when he tormented Geoff Boycott with the initial five balls and then clear bowled him with the last ball of that exact same more than to send out the Barbadian group into frenzy.
Curtly Ambrose 8 for forty five in opposition to England in 1990 that received the match and the collection for the West Indies.
And in 1999 Brian Lara serving a three-match probation from the West Indies Cricket Board performed one particular of the most majestic Take a look at match innings ever played. He manufactured 153 not out from the mighty Australians the innings was proclaimed by Wisden as a single of the 5 best Test innings of all time.
And possibly the most prestigious match the ground has ever hosted the 2007 Cricket Planet Cup last between world champions Australia and Sri Lanka. Given that then Kensington Oval has been largely idle hosting only the finals of Sir Garfield Sobers match, a hockey match and some trial matches for the Barbados cricket staff.
As we search to restart international cricket at Kensington Oval in 2008 we search ahead to much more brilliant performances that will continue the legacy of this wonderful ground. Our only hope is that the new technology of West Indies cricketers reside up to the substantial expectations set by the legends of this fantastic game.