T20 World Cup Trophy visits Bourda, the Oldest Cricket Ground in the Caribbean

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In a rainy May setting, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup trophy made a memorable appearance at the venerable Bourda, the oldest cricket ground in the Caribbean, situated at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC).

Initially not on the roster for the trophy’s visit to Guyana, GCC received an unexpected honor when the decision was made to include it. The club’s President, Jonathan Yearwood, played a pivotal role in advocating for Bourda’s recognition as a cricketing hub deserving of the trophy’s presence. His prompt action spurred organizers to amend the oversight and schedule a visit to the iconic venue.

Reflecting on the significance of the trophy’s visit, Yearwood emphasized the importance of acknowledging Bourda’s historical significance in Caribbean cricket. Despite the initial oversight, he expressed gratitude for the impromptu visit, thanking those responsible for making it happen. The opportunity for GCC members to capture moments with the esteemed trophy was cherished as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Damon Leon, the ICC Head of Public Relations and Communication, commended the enthusiastic response to the trophy tour in Guyana. He applauded the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, including the local organizing committee, government, and sports minister, for orchestrating a successful event.

Upon its arrival in Guyana, the trophy embarked on a series of engagements, including visits to State House, interactions with orphanages and individuals with disabilities facilitated by First Lady Arya Ali, and meet-and-greets with school children and cricket personalities like Ramnaresh Sarwan at St. George’s Cathedral. Culminating its journey in Guyana, the trophy made its final public appearance at GCC before departing for Dallas, USA, for the inaugural match of the World Cup.

With Guyana set to host group matches at Providence National Stadium from June 2-8 (completed), followed by a semifinal on June 27, the anticipation for cricketing excellence is palpable, marking a significant moment in the country’s sporting calendar.