Cricket Board Implements Alcohol Ban

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr. 28, 2006 – West Indies cricket fans seeking to take alcoholic beverages to cricket matches will no longer be allowed to do so.

The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday declared a ban on alcohol being brought to international matches in the Caribbean though liquor will still be sold from concessionaire stands within the grounds.

The regulation took immediate effect on April 1, 2006 and will be in full force for the Digicel Home Series, which gets under way on Saturday April 29. Fans will be forced to buy from the stands, which will serve them in plastic containers only.

“We want to meet our obligations as a member of the ICC (International Cricket Council) and therefore it is important to adhere to this regulation. Cricket in the Caribbean is steeped in tradition but we are operating in a global market place and we must keep pace with international standards,” explained Zorol Barthley, chief cricket operations officer of the WICB.

“This policy is part of the ICC Safety and Security Pro Forma which will still permit the sale of alcohol by concessionaries. Making alcohol available in this manner will help match authorities to manage the level of alcoholic consumption by fans.”

Spectators will also have to submit to mandatory security checks of their bags and hampers. (Hardbeatnews.com)