Arnos Vale Ground continues to receive high marks
Anand Akhand (right) sitting with one of the many groups of Bangladeshi fans looking on as Bangladeshi lost early wickets against Nepal (photo by Robertson S Henry)
June 25, 2024

Arnos Vale Ground continues to receive high marks

The Arnos Vale Cricket Ground and the overall hospitality given to visiting teams and fans for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, continue to be highly commended. On Sunday afternoon June 16, 2024, Anand Akhand from Bangladesh but resident in the USA, acting as the spokesperson for a group of Bangladeshi fans, expressed his pleasure and that of his fellow fans with the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground wicket.

“I’ve been told that…we are playing this pitch after 10 years. I think it’s been wonderful work done on this pitch. The pitch looks great for both batsmen and bowling… I haven’t seen a night game yet here, this is going to be my first night game but at daytime the pitch looks amazing,” he told SEARCHLIGHT.

At the Nepal versus South Africa post-match press conference on Friday June 14, 2024, the South Africa captain, Aiden Markram had “ nothing bad to say” about the ground. “Everything was really good. I thought both scores were under par with the bats. I don’t think the wicket reflects the scores that were scored on that pitch. The lights seemed really good. All in all, I would say a massive tick in the box for the stadium and the facility.”

Bawesh Thapa and a group of fans from Nepal also were very pleased with the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground and the comfort it offers when viewing matches compared to their experience in the USA.

He said that he and his fellow fans travelled “probably like 1,500, 2,000 miles…We love the hospitality and like to thank the people of St. Vincent (and the Grenadines) for welcoming all the Nepali people here. People at the hotel have been nice. People at the stadium have been really nice. It’s a vibe. Everybody loves cricket…and you know what? the local people actually supported Nepal against South Africa. Everybody was cheering for Nepal. It was just amazing”.

He commended the Arnos Vale Ground saying it “has been wonderful”. Thapa said he was pained that Nepal lost such a close game, and was “sure Nepal would have done better,” had they won “one or two” earlier matches.