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St Kitts, Antigua to host Guyana matches

Published:Sunday | February 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):Warner Park in St Kitts and the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua will host Guyana's third- and fourth-round matches in the Regional Four-Day Championship, as the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) continues to ignore the government-owned National Stadium at Providence.

The announcement came on Friday, the same day the board said it was pulling the third Test of Australia's tour of the Caribbean from the venue in April.

Dominica's Windsor Park will be the beneficiary of the Test, scheduled for April 23-27.

"The change in venue is as a result of the situation in Guyana, owing to the government of Guyana's push to take over the management and governance of cricket in the country," the WICB said.

"The Guyana Cricket Board which is the agent of the WICB and the legitimate cricketing authority, has been prevented from undertaking the necessary tasks needed to ensure the successful hosting of the match."

Both actions were taken against the backdrop of the Guyana government's takeover of cricket administration in the country through an Interim Management Committee.

The WICB and cricket's world governing body, the ICC, have already condemned the move and reiterated their support for the Guyana Cricket Board.

In the third round, Guyana will take on Combined Campuses and Colleges at Warner Park from February 16-19 and will face title-holders Jamaica in the fourth round from February 24-27.

Guyana's first two matches of the tournament were also switched from the National Stadium to Windsor Park in Dominica.