Barbados to host CWC final

The tournament, being staged in the West Indies, will also see Jamaica host the opening ceremony and opening match.

Meanwhile, Teddy Griffith, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), says staging the event will provide a crucial legacy of economic benefit.

Said Griffith: “Staging this tournament will require the improvement of and addition to the cricketing facilities to which sadly we have admittedly not paid sufficient attention in the past.”

The West Indies were once the most dominant force in world cricket, but in recent years have lost their crown.

There will be a total of 51 matches with 24 games in the Super Eight stage, two semi-finals and then the final.

It is estimated that the tournament will be viewed every day by hundreds of millions of people around the globe.

New venues will be built in Antigua and Guyana while the remaining six venues will undergo major upgrades in order to host international matches.