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Board official thanks WI

Friday, January 4 2008

DR DONALD PETERS, Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Wednesday heaped praises on Carib Brewery Limited on its continued sponsorship of the Carib Beer Regional Series, which starts its 2008 season this weekend.

He was speaking at the official launch of the regional four-day championship at the Banquet Hall, Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.

“On behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board, I wish to express our sincerest thanks to Carib Brewery Limited for the sponsorship of the Carib Beer Cricket Series 2008,” Dr Peters said. Dr Peter said cricket – over the past 60 years – has emerged and become the national sport of the region and that managing the game in the 21st century has become an “expensive and complex activity of international business.”

Funding for regional cricket, Dr Peters said, has become arduous for the WICB, and the board has benefited from securing valuable sponsorship.

“In a region of only six million people, the ability to fund international cricket is becoming increasingly difficult for the West Indies Cricket Board. Over recent years, however, we have come to depend on the corporate citizens of the region to partner with the WICB in order to produce the kind of cricket that our population is so passionate about,” Dr Peters stated.

He said the Carib Series is one of the region’s more important tournaments, used to showcase new talent, provide playing opportunities for top players and bring excitement and entertainment to the fans.

“At the WICB, we want to continue to foster partnerships for what I refer to as Corporate West Indies, so as to get the funding support we need to develop our players and to become world class cricketers and part of a winning tradition,” Dr Peters added. “Our West Indies team has demonstrated by their recent performance in South Africa that they are developing into a formidable team and we need Carib Brewery Limited to continue to provide the cricket environment where player performances can be enhanced,” Dr Peters said.

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