West Indies will be playing the mighty Australians in the first match of the series at the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. I wish I could be there to experience this historic moment in West Indies cricket history - but I have to be content with watching it on the tele at home.
At 6.30 a.m. tomorrow I will be leaving home for the gym, coming back and having breakfast.
Still going to miss getting up at 4.30 a.m. in some hotel to prepare to go to the ground, and lugging around my 10 pound Toshiba computer, along with my camera and another bag full of equipment. Not to mention another bag with my cosmetics, purse, cell phone, and assortment of items for myself and other colleagues - from bubble gum to paper towells and pain-killers.
Anyway I am not complaining at all. At 8.30 a.m. I am going to prepare my cricket-watching/working room with complete with a big jug of water - with lots of ice in it, along with a dish of fruit - mandarins, grapes, apples and am not moving until 15 minutes after lunch time.
I don't want anyone calling me - unless it's to celebrate a wicket, a six or a four. And forget my number if we are on the back foot.
I hope West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle power-hit some runs today (at least half ton); that Chanderpaul does what he did in that last match against Ireland; that we don't have to use the bowlers to bat; that Denesh Ramdin take more catches like in that last game; that Dwayne Bravo, Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Smith - play like what they are young and bubbly; that Lara sets the field well; and that West Indies fans keep REAL NOISE!
You know, I wonder how many people are going to turn up for work today?