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Barbados pays heavily for WC closing ceremony

cricket Updated: May 02, 2007 19:11 IST

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Barbados taxpayers ended up shelling out over USD 700,000 for the grand closing ceremony that brought the curtain down on a dull cricket World Cup amid darkness at the Kensington Oval.



The organisers chose to ignore local artists for performers from Trinidad and Tobago, who charged USD 500,000 for putting up the cultural show, a report in the 'Midweek Nation' said.



Artistic director Peter Minshall was paid the amount for organising the show with belle dancers, puppets and field performers.



Besides, a huge sum was spent on "auditions, training, costume manufacture and shipping crates," the report claimed.



The 45-minute presentation that followed Australia's third consecutive title win was shown on TV for only 15 minutes and the spectators at the ground could hardly see it because of near darkness.



The organisers refused to comment on the huge expenses.



Consultant Exectutive Producer of the cultural finale, Allyson Leacock had also asked the local authorities to deposit USD 202,653 in advance for the show.