BARBADOS TO HOST CRICKET TRINATION SERIES FINAL

Fans of international cricket, undoubtedly amongst the most passionate sports enthusiasts on the planet, are expected to arrive in Barbados by the thousands for fun, sun and rum during the upcoming Tri-Nation series between Australia, South Africa and the West Indies.

These three long-time rivals will play four of 10 planned One-Day International (ODI) matches in Barbados on June 19, 21, 24 and 26 with the final to be held at the Caribbean's cricket mecca, Kensington Oval. With more than 100 years of cricket history rolled into its pitch, Kensington Oval has transformed over the years from the quaint ground the Pickwick Cricket Club called home from 1882, to a sophisticated stadium with state-of-the-art media facilities, batting nets and the ability to house up to 11,000 fans.

These three long-time rivals will play four of 10 planned One-Day International (ODI) matches in Barbados on June 19, 21, 24 and 26 with the final to be held at the Caribbean’s cricket mecca, Kensington Oval. With more than 100 years of cricket history rolled into its pitch, Kensington Oval has transformed over the years from the quaint ground the Pickwick Cricket Club called home from 1882, to a sophisticated stadium with state-of-the-art media facilities, batting nets and the ability to house up to 11,000 fans.

For the uninitiated, watching a cricket match in Barbados requires the natural propensity to dance, drink and be merry, with the afterthought of winners and losers. The stadium is usually split between the serious fans in the arena and the beach-styled party-stand annex for the eager sunbather with a non-stop flow of refreshing brew, delicious grub and pulsating musical entertainment.

However, the real fun is likely to start after the final ball is bowled. With pristine beaches, a compelling local history on and off the pitch, and easy accessibility to the places of interest around the island, Barbados is an easy choice for anyone who follows cricket who may want to stamp another memorable destination in their passport.

With national Crop Over Festival celebrations set from May through to August, there are sure to be nightly themed parties and other popular cultural displays for immersing oneself into Barbados’ vibrant local culture. There are also endless opportunities for sampling authentic cuisine at al fresco restaurants, meeting some of the world’s friendliest people at rum shops and community events, shopping duty free or exploring island treasures off-the-beaten path. There truly is something for everyone beyond the boundary.

Known as the birthplace of some of the game’s most legendary players, including the world’s greatest, the Rt. Ex. Sir Garfield Sobers; the three Ws; and, more recently, International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup match hero, Carlos Brathwaite, Barbados continues to hold its place on the bucket lists of traveling cricket fans the world over.

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