Sports Minister, Roselyn Paul, has announced that the staging of the two T20 International matches played between West Indies and Bangladesh at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on the weekend brought a sense of national pride to Dominica.
The first game was played on Saturday, July 2, and the second was played on Sunday, July 3.
“In Dominica, staging this game was really something which brought national pride, a sense of nationalism which was felt throughout the game, throughout Dominica, and it was well done, and by all reports cricket West Indies officials, players, the Bangladesh team were very pleased,” she said.
Paul continued, “The Bangladesh manager said he will be bringing back his family, some cricket West Indies members said that they wish they could have stayed for their third game on Tuesday.”
She added, “All-in-all it went very well” and thanked the Dominican public and “all the people who made it happen” for “such tremendous support.”
Pointing out that a significant amount of work had to be done to make the event happen, Paul made special mention of the manager of the stadium, the permanent secretary and staff of her ministry, and other partners including the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the various contractors “who worked day and night for its success.”
“Because, as you know, we had to replace most of the amenities at the stadium, but Dominicans were happy and I am very happy as Minister of Sports, to have gotten such tremendous support and a successful cricket,” the minister stated.
After the first game was abandoned due to rain, West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 35 runs in the second T20 match played at Windsor Park Sports Stadium in front of thousands of Dominican spectators on Sunday.
The Windies won the toss and batted first. They posted a respectable total of 193 for 5 wickets. Rovman Powell top-scored with an unbeaten 61 from 28 balls with 6 sixes and 4 fours and was supported by Brendan King with 57 and Captain Nicholas Pooran, 35. Shoriful Islam took 2 for 31 for Bangladesh.
Looking for 194 for victory, Bangladesh lost wickets regularly and reached 158 for 6 wickets in their 20 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 68 not out and Afif Hossain, 34. Bowling for the West Indies, Romario Shephard got 2 for 28 and Obed McCoy, 2 for 37.
Both teams traveled on Monday to Guyana for the third and final T-20 match. West Indies leads the series 1-0.
Government has invested over $8 million for the rehabilitation of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium since the passage of Hurricane Maria, according to Sports Minister Paul.