Barbados is rightly regarded as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. It is the only vacation destination in the Hemisphere that boasted a scheduled Concorde service and it is no surprise that many foreign investors and business men who visit Barbados fall in love with the island. They all find a way to become part of this small, but affluent, Caribbean country.
Cricket has been the national pastime of Barbados almost from the beginning of the country’s history, having been introduced to the island by the early English settlers. It is often played in the nation’s streets with homemade bats and taped tennis balls, or on one of the many cricket grounds around the island.
Barbados’ most famous cricket ground is the Kensington Oval located less than a mile from the heart of the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown. This historic and centuries old home to international cricket was transformed and restored in 2007.
Barbados is the home to Sir Garfield Sobers, who is generally regarded as “the greatest cricketer the world has ever seen”. Other cricketing luminaries include Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Seymour Nurse, fiery pace bowlers Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith and Malcolm Marshall and opening batsmen Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge who have all put the name of Barbados on the world cricketing map.