Barbadians are simply mad about their cricket, and particularly look forward to their matches with Britain. Taking place all year long, the various Cricket Festivals are populated by players from all over the world. Teams converge on our active isle for a whirlwind series of games.
Barbados is the home of West Indies cricket. Festivals include the highly-anticipated Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Tournament, ladies tournaments, youth tournaments, Universities tournaments, masters tournaments, police tournaments, blind cricketers tournaments and of course the feather in the cap of the Caribbean cricket calendar, the test match festival.
The Kensington Oval is our world class facility and many of the final matches have taken place there. The Bajan people show up in force for cricket matches and love to end a day at the pitch with a few drinks at the bar socializing. The only thing impeding the players’ performance is the evening spent in the beach bar the night before! You’ll find that Barbadians don’t mind who wins – so long as he’s a Bajan! The fans here are the best fans around, and the camaraderie with their British and European visitors is second to none.
England has returned to the Caribbean after a five year absence and they will see many major improvements to the Oval. Barbados is eagerly anticipating World Cup in 2007, and all the top cricket grounds are engaging renovators and groundskeepers so that we will meet the standards as hosts of this international tournament. The Kensington Oval will also undergo a major facelift in the next few years in order to build upon its recent improvements.
Make the most of your visit to a cricket festival and get a taste for everything the festival can offer, from the cricket to the rum punches and Banks’ beer on the beach. Come and enjoy our cricket.
School Cricket Festivals
The Sir Garfield Sobers Schools International Tournament is a seventeen year long tradition that exposes school children to the best of Barbados cricket. Taking place in July, the festival is by invitation of Sir Garfield (Sir Gary,) only and affords the boys two weeks of cricket as well as a chance to explore their country, its people and its culture.