Twenty-five participants from across the Caribbean region are currently participating in an intensive two-day workshop for curators underway at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The workshop hosted by International Cricket Council Pitch Consultant, Andy Atkinson began on Tuesday will end on Wednesday, September 7.
The workshop will take a comprehensive look on pitch allocation, rotation, maintenance, draining, out-field management and will offer technical guidelines.
“The workshop is timely. This workshop should serve to assist our curators around the region with additional information on how to maintain and improve their respective pitches,” said West Indies Cricket Board Director of Cricket Richard Pybus. “In an effort to improve pitches it is important that we have Andy with us. We are taking steps, as we promised, to improve what we currently have so the pitches respond favourably to all formats of the game.”
Atkinson, who has been with the ICC since 1998, has toured extensively to cricketing nations globally. He was last in the region during the World Cup in 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010 and returned for a workshop in September 2011.
The participants that include Kent Crafton, head curator, hail from St Vincent, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, University of Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Kitts, Barbados, Jamaica and Antigua
The territorial boards are currently preparing their teams for the start of the 4-day Professional Cricket League (PCL), season three, which is set to bowl off Friday, November 11.