CWI projects regional economic boost from T20 World Cup
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) has touted the economic benefits to be derived from the hosting of this year’s ICC Men’s Twenty20 (T20) World Cup, with President Kishore Shallow saying the region stands to gain from in excess of US$300 million in activity generated by the showpiece.
Six Caribbean countries — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago — will stage games in the June 1-29 tournament which is being co-hosted by United States.
“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup holds immense promise for the Caribbean, not just in terms of cricketing fervour but also as a catalyst for economic growth and regional development,” Shallow said.
“This tournament is projected to yield over US$300 million in direct economic impact for the Caribbean.
“Moreover, it is anticipated to captivate more than a billion viewers worldwide through television broadcasts, further elevating the global stature of the Caribbean as a sporting and tourist destination.
“This influx of visitors, heightened tourism, and burgeoning business prospects will create a ripple effect. The impact on jobs, revenue streams, and the overall quality of life for our citizens will be substantial.”
The ICC announced the fixtures for the tournament on Friday, with Barbados hosting the final and Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana staging the semi-finals.
For the first time in an ICC World Cup, matches will be played on American soil, with 16 fixtures carded for Dallas, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.
The largest-ever T20 World Cup with 20 teams, Shallows said CWI is fully committed to ensuring a smooth delivery of the tournament.
“Cricket West Indies remains steadfast in its collaboration with international partners to ensure the resounding success of the ICC T20 World Cup,” Shallow said.
“Together, we aim to deliver an unforgettable tournament that not only captivates cricket enthusiasts worldwide but also leaves an enduring legacy of unity, sportsmanship, and economic prosperity across the Caribbean.”