Sir Viv stadium makes comeback in South African series
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will make its comeback to international cricket after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday announced the venue would host matches switched from Trinidad and Tobago for next month's South Africa tour.
Two Twenty20 internationals and two one-day internationals have been scheduled for the venue, just outside the capital here, and they will mark the stadium's return to the international schedule after the embarrassment during England's tour of the Caribbean last February.
The stadium was suspended for a year after the second Test there against England was abandoned after just 10 balls because of the dangerous condition of the outfield.
However, the WICB said the ground had now been cleared by the International Cricket Council.
"A full inspection of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was conducted by the International Cricket Council and the venue has been given full clearance to host international cricket again," the WICB announced.
The stadium will host the T20Is on May 19 and 20 before staging the two ODIs on May 22 and 24.
Authorities were forced to move the games from Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the country's general election on May 24.
The series against South Africa will bowl off immediately after the conclusion of the World Twenty20 Championship and will comprise three Tests and five ODIs.
May 19: 1st Digicel T20 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
May 20: 2nd Digicel T20 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
May 22: 1st Digicel ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
May 24: 2nd Digicel ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
May 28: 3rd Digicel ODI at Windsor Park, Dominica
May 30: 4th Digicel ODI at Windsor Park, Dominica
June 3: 5th Digicel ODI at Sabina Park, Jamaica
June 6-7: South Africa warm-up at Chedwin Park, Jamaica
June 10-14: 1st Digicel Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica
June 18-22: 2nd Digicel Test at Warner Park, St Kitts
June 26-30: 3rd Digicel Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados