The celebrated Marylebone Cricket Club is conducting a series of coaching and umpiring clinics in the Cayman Islands this week and next and Sports Minister Mark Scotland said he is pleased.
He said: “On behalf of the Cayman Islands government and the people of the Cayman Islands, I would like to welcome the Marylebone Cricket Club to the Cayman Islands.
“Cricket continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the sporting public here and remains one of the six focus sports supported by the government.
“We congratulate the Cayman Islands Cricket Association for being able to facilitate the visit of such an esteemed club. That the MCC has existed since 1787, speaks volumes about the structure of the Club and the passion of its members for the game.”
The tourists play a President’s XI on Saturday at West Bay’s Jimmy Powell Oval from 12.30pm and the Cayman national side on Sunday again at the same venue.
Scotland added: “Though our cricketing history is not nearly as long, in some ways it is one of the first tourism related sports to be played here and our older citizens would remember the games played between the visiting Royal Navy seaman and our local players.
“I hope that this visit will continue to raise the profile of this traditional sport and serve as a motivator to our young players as they continue to carry Cayman’s cricketing flag in the ICC Americas tournaments. It is not often that we are able to see international cricket at home.
“I look forward to some competitive and enjoyable cricket over the next several days.
“I trust that our visitors would also find some time to enjoy some of what the Cayman Islands has to offer both above and under our beautiful waters.”