Grenada will allow unvaccinated cricket fans to attend the third and final Apex Test match between the West Indies and England, which starts next Thursday at the Grenada National Stadium.
West Indies and England played to a draw in the First Test in Antigua while Day Three of the Second Test in Barbados is now completed. The Grenada showdown will decide the destination of the Richards-Botham Trophy—named in honour of West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards and iconic former England allrounder Lord Ian Botham.
Earlier this week, Grenada’s Ministry of Health announced the end of their ‘vaccine differentiation policy’ for large public gatherings, with unvaccinated persons now able to attend public events.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave said the regional board welcomes Grenada’s decision ‘to provide all Grenadians with the opportunity to rally behind the West Indies in the third and final Apex Test match’.
“With the adjustment to the policy and protocol, we now expect an increased interest among local fans to attend the Third Apex Test match—which should be a thrilling finale to the Apex Series,” Grave told the CWI Media. “We know Grenadian fans always come out to support in great numbers and will get behind West Indies’ challenge to win the Richards-Botham Trophy. [They] will be eager to come out and see some top-quality Test match cricket at one of the game’s most eye-catching venues.”
Grenada’s Minister of Health Nickolas Steele suggested that his government’s decision was an example of their ‘nimbleness throughout the pandemic’.
“Right now, the risk is low and, as such, we adjust accordingly,” said Steele. “This is, in fact, a victory for the people of Grenada as it is their behaviour and adherence to protocols that have helped to keep the Covid-19 risk at relatively low levels.
“Therefore, just as we celebrate this victory, we hope to celebrate a West Indies win in Grenada.”
At present, Grenada’s rolling seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases is 33. In contrast, Trinidad and Tobago’s average for the same period is 347.
Grenada has a population of 112,000 persons while Trinidad and Tobago’s population is 1.4 million.
Tickets range from EC$55/US$20 for the unreserved section in the Posse Stand up to EC$220/US$80 for reserved premium seats in the Players Pavilion. Local fans can benefit from a 50% discount on online and in person purchases.