The Final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 is mere hours away and the Caribbean is preparing to give the international cricketing community an unforgettable farewell from Bridgetown, Barbados.
As the sun sets on the ninth edition of the tournament – with Australia and Sri Lanka vying for the title at the famed and refurbished Kensington Oval – more than 25,000 tickets have been issued to dignitaries, celebrities, international sporting media and fans from across the globe, all of whom will savour the last match of the two-month Event.
Officials from the ICC, CWC 2007 and the Barbados Local Organising Committee (LOC) as well as various service providers have been working hard to ensure that tomorrow’s grand finale is indeed a fitting crescendo to the much-anticipated tournament, which has already seen more than 425,000 spectators come through the turnstiles. On average, 8,300 fans have watched each of the 51 tournament matches with 9,231 and 13,875 persons having attended the Semi-Finals in Jamaica and Saint Lucia respectively.
“This has been a watershed moment in Caribbean history and, regardless of the challenges which the region has faced throughout this journey, it is a collective achievement of which we can all be proud as West Indians.
“Now, we need to complete the job and deliver the Final on a world-class level, as we have done in various areas of operation throughout this Event,” said ICC CWC 2007 Managing Director & CEO, Chris Dehring.
Meanwhile, CWC Commercial Director, Stephen Price, confirmed that tickets are still on sale for tomorrow’s game in Categories 1 and 2. A few Category 3 tickets have also “become available”, he added.
Fans could be seen buying tickets at the Perimeter Box Office, just outside the venue, as the two teams in the battle for the ICC CWC Trophy went through their final paces earlier today at Kensington. Defending champions, Australia, had first use of the nets followed by Sri Lanka.
“It’s about executing your skills under the biggest microscope and hopefully we can do that…everyone is fit and ready,” declared a confident Ricky Ponting, the Australian skipper.
His opposite number, Mahela Jayawardene, gave equal assurance that his players are ready for one of the most important matches of their careers.
“Our guys know exactly how we need to go about things. It’s all about focusing and doing the basics well,” he told media.