BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the country plans to aggressively pursue more Test matches, following the successful hosting of the inaugural game last week.
He told CMC Sports that his government’s plan was to continue developing the island in order to make it a feasible option for the longer form of the game.
“In the same fashion we went after more One-Day Internationals, we will certainly go after more Test matches,” Skerrit said in a telephone interview.
“With the improvement to our infrastructure – our roads, our airport, the building of more hotel rooms – I believe we will make ourselves even more attractive to the West Indies Cricket Board in so far as being able to seriously host international matches.”
Dominica staged its first ever Test match when West Indies clashed with India in the final match of the three-Test series at Windsor Park.
Previously, the venue had hosted only ODIs – a doubleheader against Bangladesh two years ago and another doubleheader against South Africa last year.
Windsor Park was constructed at a cost of around US$17 million as a gift from the People’s Republic of China to Dominica, and was formally opened in late 2007 following the Caribbean’s hosting of the Cricket World Cup.
Skerrit said the stadium was a crucial part of the country’s infrastructure and was already playing a key role in developing the sport and cultural industries.