Jamaica Observer / Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) chief executive officer Courtney Francis says he is satisfied with Sabina Park’s readiness ahead of tomorrow’s start of the second Test match between West Indies and touring Bangladesh. “The preparation has been excellent, and we are confident that we have done all that we can under the circumstances,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

“There are some standards set out and we have met all the standards. We met with the [Cricket] West Indies representatives this morning and they were impressed with where we are,” Francis said while insisting that all operational personnel are aware of their roles.

He added that proper security measures will be in place.

“We are considered one of the better venues as it relates to planning of Test matches in the region and we pride ourselves where that is concerned. We think we have those areas under control.

“In relation to the field itself we are very happy with it. We believe we have done everything possible to provide ideal conditions for the players to come and display their talents,“ said the Jamaica cricket chief executive regarding the venue that last hosted a Test against Pakistan last year April.

West Indies, who ended 1-1 with Sri Lanka in their recent three-Test series, have a one-nil lead against Bangladesh after sweeping to an innings and 219-run victory in the opening match in Antigua.

West Indies, ranked ninth in the ICC Test team rankings — a place below Bangladesh, can leapfrog their Asian opponents if they can secure a series win.

Francis is urging West Indies cricket supporters to throw their weight behind their team.

“We want people to come out and lend some support, seeing that West Indies are showing some consistency and winning some matches.

“While we curse them when they are not doing well, when they are doing well we need to lend the support to ensure we give them that morale boost and hope they can climb the rankings,” he said.

—Sanjay Myers

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