The workshop is being organized by the West Indies Cricket Board and will be conducted by the International Cricket Council’s Pitch Consultant, Andy AtKinson.
Cricket officials in St. Kitts have been asked to nominate the curators who will hold responsibilities for the preparation of the Test wickets in their respective territories.
Each participant in the workshop, which will be held in Guyana, will be fully funded by the WICB.
The two day training sessions are scheduled for September 26th and 27th.
Atkinson who is experienced in preparing wickets around the globe will be the lead presenter during what is expected to be a highly interactive engagement.
St. Kitts will be amongst, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad benefiting from the program. St. Kitts’ Warner Park became a Test venue in 1926 when the West Indies played against and defeated India.
West Indies commenced playing Test cricket on June 23rd, 1928 at Lord’s but the first Test match in the Caribbean was not played until 11th January, 1930, at the Kensington Oval.
In that drawn match, George Headley (176) and Clifford Roach (122) both scored hundreds.
Kensington or ‘The Mecca’ as it is widely regarded hosted the finals of the Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 2010.
Queen’s Park Oval (57) has hosted more Test matches than any other venue in the Caribbean while Windsor Park is the Caribbean’s newest Test venue having hosted its first Test between West Indies and India earlier this year, (2011).
Bourda and the Guyana National Stadium at Providence are the only Test venues on the South American continent. Bourda was the venue for the first West Indies win in Tests which was achieved against England in 1930 (February 21 to 26) when Roach scored a double century in the first innings, Headley scored a century in both innings and Learie Constantine took nine wickets in the match including 5 for 87 in the second innings.