Cricket stars arrive today

Cayman is being blessed by cricket greats this week.

That is because some of the legends of West Indies cricket are coming to town at the behest of Digicel.

West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle, fast bowler extraordinaire Jerome Taylor and former bowling great Kenneth Benjamin are the stars heading here.

In fact all of them will be in Cayman as of this evening before launching off into an array of activities the rest of the week.

Before going to press, the Caymanian Compass was not able to get an official itinerary for the stars from the organizers.

However this reporter spoke to technical director for Cayman cricket Theo Cuffy to find out what he knew of the plans.

From what Cuffy said the first stop for the stars is a number of appearances at some of Cayman’s media entities tomorrow morning.

The stars are slated to be up bright and early for the airing of the Daybreak TV show at 7am.

From there they head out to a number of radio stations including Radio Cayman at 8:15am.

Thereafter comes an autograph session at Camana Bay from 11:30am until about 1:30pm.

After that the stars take a lunch break before heading to the Smith Road Oval. From 3:30pm until roughly 5:30pm the stars are expected to be at the pitch working with some of Cayman’s young cricketers.

In particular the U15 and U19 national teams, along with some of the U25 talents, will get time with the stars.

The stars return to the pitch at the same times on Thursday to work with the same group of young people.

Before that the players are expected to fulfil a number of media responsibilities, including a media luncheon at the Ritz Carlton from 12noon-2pm.

After that the stars are slated to leave Cayman on Friday night.

The arrival of the cricket stars is considered a great coup for Cayman and the sport of cricket here.

Cayman Islands Cricket Association President Courtney Myles had publicly stated he approved of the trip and thanked Digicel for considering Cayman in the stars’ tour of the Caribbean.

Coach Cuffy expressed similar sentiments.

‘Those guys are visiting many different islands and we’re happy they are able to come here.

‘The visit of those players is a chance for our kids to walk with some of the legends in this region.

‘Hopefully our youngsters work with them on their cricket, pick their brains, ask a lot of questions and learn a great deal.

‘We in the cricket fraternity welcome the visit and we hope there are more visits in the future.’