St Kitts eyeing day/night Test
St Kitts and Nevis could be the first country to host a day/night Test.
The Test venue in St Kitts, Warner Park, is currently getting an upgrade, and lights are being added to the stadium, which will be able to accommodate night games.
According to a SKN Vibes article, Phillip had recently spoken with the Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Michael Murihead, and the discussion were based on the experimentation of night Tests being hosted in St Kitts.
“For cricket...it will be very important. I have just met with the CEO of the WICB and he was telling me that St Kitts is favourably to experiment with night cricket in terms of the longer version of the game.
“I think New Zealand or Bangladesh will be coming to the Caribbean and one of the territories will have the ability to host night Test,” he added.
The WICB have been experimenting with day/night first class matches since the 2010 season, when the first floodlit first-class cricket match was played between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, in which the teams used a pink ball.
During the late 2000s, discussions were held regarding the possibility of playing day/night Test matches with a pink ball.
Cricket Australia and some Indian and Bangladeshi Premier League franchises had also experimented with the viability of the pink ball.
But the lighting project at Warner Park is not only to facilitate cricket.
To complement the lights is a video screen which will also be used for multi-purposes, including streaming international sporting events as well as starting after school programmes.
“We are going to use it for a lot of creativity,” said Phillip. “We are going to look at it as to how it can help after school programmes.
“What we are doing a lot is to light the practice facility at the Len Harris Cricket Academy so it will enhance our local cricketers here in St Kitts and Nevis,” he added.
Work on the venue is expected to be completed in just over a month and less than two weeks after the lights should be operational.
“It thinks just over a month, simply because it takes 28 days for the concrete to cure and it will take little over a week for the poles to be erected,” he explained.
“Maybe a week after or ten days, to be safe, the lights should be in operation.
“There is a lot of excitement I am looking forward to, not only for cricket,” he added.