Park and Ride for T20 World Cup Games at Brian Lara

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Caption: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports David Roberts, left, shares a joke with LOC member Omar Khan, right, while co-chair of the LOC Azim Bassarath, second left, and head of PR Damon Leon look on

By Prior Beharry

A park-and-ride system will be in place for the five games of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy (BLCA) at Tarouba, Trinidad, in June.

Ten teams will also be in Trinidad and Tobago for warm-up matches at the end of May at five grounds with fan parks available for all matches of the tournament that takes place in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA) from June 1 to 29. The final takes place in Barbados with the two semi-finals in Guyana and Trinidad.

Gold Commander of the World Cup for security Assistant Commissioner of Police Kelvern Thompson speaking at a media briefing of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the World Cup at the President’s Box of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Tuesday said there will definitely be a park-and-ride system at the (BLCA).

He said, “Park and ride yes. In terms of coming directly to the stadium, no. That much I can tell you definitely. There will be a shuttle system to facilitate persons getting there safely.”

Thompson said there was a traffic plan being developed being geared towards security, but there were no details yet on where people will be allowed to park their vehicles before taking the shuttle to BLCA on game days.

The press conference hosted by LOC member Omar Khan included co-chair Azim Bassarath, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports David Roberts, head Partnership and Alliance of SporTT Kairon Serrette and Head Public Relations of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Damon Leon.

A record 20 teams will be competing across 55 matches in this World Cup with newcomers are USA, Canada and Uganda.

There will be 55 matches played in the tournament that includes 40 in the group stages, 12 super eight games, two semifinals and the last one dubbed the Out of this World Final.

The games in the USA will be played at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York, the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas Texas and the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida.

The six countries hosting games in the Caribbean include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Khan said the ten teams expected to play practice matches in Trinidad are Australia, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, West Indies and Uganda. The practice period will be from May 25 to 31. The other ten teams will have their warm-up matches in Florida.

He said these practice matches will be played at the Queens Park Oval, Diego Martin Sporting Complex, University of the West Indies (UWI) Spec and the BLCA.

Khan said there will be special travel waivers for teams and patrons travelling to games in the Caribbean.

Leon said there will be fan zones at places to be decided.

The five games at BLCA are:

  • June 12 -West Indies vs New Zealand;
  • June 13 -Afghanistan vs Papua New Guinea;
  • June 14 – New Zealand vs Uganda;
  • June 17 – New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea
  • June 26 – Semi-Final 1

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