The upgrading of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board headquarters in Balmain, Couva is continuing apace with “recreational lighting” currently being installed at the site.
TTCB CEO Suruj Ragoonath confirmed that T&TEC started to put up the lights two weeks ago and is due to compete the installation by the end of the month and although it is not international standard lighting, he said it is comparable to the lights at the Sir Frank Worrell Ground in St Augustine which hosted the Sunday League 50-over day night final earlier this year.
He estimated the cost of the lights to be $1.5 million but noted that the TTCB did not have to pay for them.
Ragoonath explained that the Board approached T&TEC to have lights put at the ground a few years ago and are now being rewarded for their patience.
“As much as it is a private ground, it is used by the public. We have the national senior teams, women’s teams, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 teams that all train here. This facility is used more than many others and it is serving the public,” said Ragoonath.
“It is ten light poles with 16 lights each. It is more than what regular recreation grounds would usually get,” he added.
The TTCB CEO said with the new lights, the Board could now host a lot of their domestic night cricket matches and finals which they would normally have to rent other facilities to accommodate.
The installation of lights at NCC comes on the heels of the refurbishment of the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, and more upgrades are coming.
Ragoonath said the next project will be the relaying of the outfield at the NCC ground and improving the drainage.
The Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre was closed for approximately two months and included the conversion of all but one of the rooms at the facility to self-contained suites as well as the complete refurbishment of the two indoor nets and other general improvements to the structure.