The T20 World Cup began with two matches at the good looking Providence Stadium in Guyana. Those who follow West Indies cricket will no doubt be familiar with Bourda the other place where many cricket battles have been fought over the years. This new stadium, inaugurated in 2007 for the World Cup, has fairly large dimensions (75 – 80 yards) giving it the status of a large ground. As we saw yesterday, with the slowish pitch, the bowlers were very much in the game as shots into the outfield had a greater chance of being fielded or caught in the deep.
More about the stadium, apparently, a significant contribution was made by Indians with companies like Shapoorji Pallonji involved in the construction of the stadium.
Like many stadiums in the world, it is on the banks of a river. To be precise the east bank of the Dememara River. Lay coffee drinkers would be familiar with Dememara sugar. The name comes from the Dememara province which founded the sugarcane industry here in Guyana. It includes the capital Georgetown and the big four Guyanese in the West Indies in recent times have been Roger Harper, Carl Hooper, Chanderpaul and Sarwan.