Government is committed to the development of the game of cricket.

This assurance came recently from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, when prospective franchise owner of the Barbados Tridents Caribbean Premier League, Dr. Vijay Mallya, paid him a courtesy call at Ilaro Court.

Those in attendance included Managing Director of DNA Entertainment Networks PVT. Ltd., T. Venkat Vardhan; Chief Executive of Terra Caribbean, Andrew Mallalieu; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister???s Office, Sonja Welch; and Senior Administrative Officer, Diana Yearwood.

Mr. Stuart said that historically, Barbados had been at the centre of West Indies cricket. He noted that like everything else, cricket has had its ebb and flow, and West Indies cricket was going through a rough time now.??He told Dr. Mallya he appreciated his interest in the Barbados Tridents, saying it would be a good investment.

Dr. Mallya also expressed the view that Barbados has always been central to West Indies cricket. He noted that the game was changing, with the introduction of T20, and proffered the view that the future of cricket will lie in that short format.

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