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JCA moves to attract young, old to tomorrow's Test

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:35 AMJermaine Lannaman
Neita

Spectators planning to attend the second Test of the Seagram’s Royal Stag Cup series between West Indies and India starting tomorrow at Sabina Park have been added an incentive to do so after it was announced by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) ‏ that children under 12 years old as well as adults over the age of 65 will be allowed to enter free.
The showdown will see the West Indies, who are seeking their first series win over the Indians in 12 years, looking to level the four-match series at 1-1.
‘’The JCA through the WICB has embarked on a number of initiatives to try and make sure that the match is well-attended and is a family-fun event,’’ explained Mark Neita, second vice-president the JCA during a launch of the match at Sabina Park on Tuesday.
‘’Additionally as well, we are also cognisant that it’s a long weekend, being that it is a holiday weekend. With this in mind, we have decided to allow children under the age of 12 free, as well as adults, who are over the age of 65. A person, therefore, could pay one price, and thereafter bring the entire family,’’ he declared.
The press launch, which was the first of its kind for a Test match in the country, also saw Neita, who is also director of marketing for the JCA, outing added attractions, which he says is designed to make the event worth attending.


Kids play zone

These, he said, includes a play area zone for children with bounce-a-bouts, rides, face-painting stations, and clowns.
  Meanwhile, sports minister Olivia Grange, who also spoke at the launch, said her ministry was happy to involved, as cricket, and in particular, West Indies cricket, remains a tool for national development.
‘’I am taking the opportunity to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the Test match,’’ she said.
‘’This match comes at a great time during our Emancipation and Independence weekend celebrations, and the hope is that you will help to cheer on the team to victory, She added.
 Indian High Commission Charge d’ Affairs, Subbalaskshmi Mohan, and Paul Pennycook, director of tourism, also spoke at the launch.