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Contact: Julita Peter

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 – The development of Saint Lucia’s sports tourism sector is continuing to bear more fruit with the Inaugural Double Wicket World Cup slated for the Beausejour Cricket Ground from April 4th to 6th, 2003. Two leading all-round players from eight test playing countries have been invited to compete and become “Double Wicket World Champions”. Officials of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board say they are elated that World Class New Zealand all–rounders, Chris Cairns and Jacob Orams have already signed on to play.

Cricket experts have called the “Double Wicket World Cup” an innovative idea not only for increasing visibility of the Beausejour Cricket Ground, but the profile of cricket in the Caribbean region. Eight West-Indies Cricket stalwarts have accepted an invitation to become official patrons of the Double Wicket World Cup 2003. The 2003 Double Wicket World Champion could win a share of a US$175,000 prize fund and a trophy bearing the name of Sir Garfield Sobers.

Public and Visitor Relations Manager of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Kimani Goddard, expressed the board’s enthusiasm that New Zealanders Chris Cairns and Jacob Orams have signed on to play Double Wicket in Saint Lucia. “Getting names like these is very good for an event like the Double Wicket. We think that an event such as this is good for the island positioning itself as a sports tourism destination and increasing our profile for World Cup 2007.”

The Double Wicket World Cup will be held annually at the Beausejour Cricket Ground for the next ten years.

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