The Beausejour Cricket Ground (BCG) will be renamed after the Captain of the West Indies T20 cricket team, Darren Sammy, in India last Sunday, Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony has announced.
The announcement came today at a welcoming ceremony at Hewanorra International airport for Sammy and compatriot Johnson Charles.
Both were members of the team that won the ICC T20 World Cup championship
Johnson Charles will have one of the stands at the BCG named in his honour and receive a parcel of land.
In announcing the measures Prime Minister Anthony noted that Saint Lucia has often been cited as not honoring its nationals when they are alive.
“The government has sought in recent times to change this and you have provided us with an excellent opportunity to reverse this trend,” the Prime Minister said.
Sammy asserted that there was no place like home and that he was touched by the grand homecoming that he received.
“My friends always tell me that you guys get everything in Saint Lucia,” he said to laughter from his audience in the VIP lounge at the Hewanorra International airport.
The West Indies T20 Captain and his team mate, Johnson Charles were later part of a motorcade to the City that stopped in their respective communities, where ecstatic fans greeted them.
Both also paid a courtesy call on Governor General – Dame Pearlette Louisy.
A massive rally and party to honour both men is taking place at the Derek Walcott Square tonight.
The leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet described the performance of the West Indies cricket team as great news and praised Darren Sammy’s leadership.