August 24, 2007 / 3:16 PM / 12 years ago

West Indies considers night games for KFC Cup

MIAMI (Reuters) — Floodlit cricket could come to the Caribbean in a major regional competition for the first time if a plan from the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) is accepted.

The Barbados newspaper The Nation reported on Friday that the BCA had put in a plan to host the semi-finals and final of the main Caribbean one-day competition — the KFC Cup — with the games to be played at the 3W’s Oval as day-night games.

The proposal will be discussed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at a meeting on Saturday, the paper said.

“We have put in two bids — one for playing under lights and one for playing in the day,” BCA vice-president Conde Riley told the Nation.

“We feel that from a crowd standpoint, the day-night option might be more attractive, but it is up to the WICB. The evening time is more favourable for people who have to work during the day. It is more costly, but it will have more of an impact.”

Facilities across the West Indies were upgraded radically for this year’s World Cup but the main venue in Barbados, the Kensington Oval, does not have floodlighting.

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