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Dominica ready for third Test
The Australia and West Indies teams on Saturday had their first look at Windsor Park stadium in preparation for the 3rd test between the two cricketing countries due to begin here tomorrow. The teams arrived in Dominica on Friday. Although the Australians have retained the Sir Frank Worrel trophy which was at stake in the series, the West Indies still have an open chance of leveling the series.
For Dominica, it’s only the second ever test match to be staged on the island following the historic India versus West Indies test last year which ended in a tame draw. Event Manager, Gifford Walsh, told DNO, that “all systems are set and ready” for the third and final test.
Curator, Richard Letang says the pitch will offer “bounce, pace and spin and have something also for the batters”. He says baring the weather, a result is expected. There are reports of hotels in the city and private dwelling houses already being fully booked.
Marvlyn James is the sales and marketing manager at the Fort Young hotel and she says the 71 room hotel is “fully booked” with all the necessary security in place. “Staff is adequately trained and last year we hosted the Indian team and as expected we maintained the high “professional reputation of the Fort Young Hotel.. and this time will be no different,” James said.
“We will be having lots of people on the island who will be utilising the different services, like the tours, taxi operations and the various facilities on the island which will mean revenue for the economy,” she said. Adding that sports tourism was “a niche market which needs to be explored further” and wished that Dominica would get such matches “at least once a year.”
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