WICB happy with 2007 World Cup progress
By Ezra Stuart
Guyana Chronicle
May 4, 2003

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Rev. Wes Hall says the regional body is happy with the progress made so far in preparing to host the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

“The feeling in the West Indies Cricket Board is a very happy one. With the ICC coming to the West Indies to talk about the World Cup, there is sometimes a commitment to doubt in some people’s minds,” Rev. Hall said at a breakfast news conference yesterday morning.

Hall said the WICB met with its entire World Cup Interim committee and the ICC on Friday during the meeting.

“It was a transport of delight for us to really conclude that meeting yesterday and both sides were rather happy,” Hall said, noting the WICB must now sensitise the Caribbean about the 2007 World Cup.

“We feel that our job now in the Caribbean is to more or less encourage not only the press and the government but the people of the Caribbean,” Hall said.

“One of the things that I found very redeeming in South Africa was the level of people who were volunteers. Volunteers, perhaps is not a great pastime in these parts but we are hoping to get good quality people.

“In South Africa, you had Managing Directors that were just going around and getting things done for you. You had people who were doctors, who carried the West Indies cricket bag and the South Africans and the Australians,” Hall revealed.

“We need to get our people galvanised really to this thought, that it is a Caribbean event. It is owned by the ICC but what they do, they want us to deliver it.

“We can only deliver it if throughout the 250 000 people in Barbados and I would say the six million people in the Caribbean recognise that this is our time to show the world that we can do what South Africa and England, India. Pakistan and Australia have done in the past,” Rev. Hall said.

Hall called on Caribbean people to come forward and assist the WICB in making the 2007 World Cup a success.

“I think that we must not let this time pass us by and we are really depending on the Press and all the Caribbean people, those of great business acumen, we really need you to come out and help us,” urged Hall.

Hall said Chris Dehring; the Managing Director of the Windies World Cup 2007 will be a very busy man in the next four years.

“We are hoping that you will see that enthusiasm among our people. We are okay up to now. The West Indies Cricket Board must push on and continue to impress the ICC that we are on track,” Hall said.

“Since the World Cup in South Africa is all over, the big news is that the West Indies is the buzz word,” Hall said.

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