Cricket on paradise island - Antigua Gaurav Kalra

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Cricket on paradise island - Antigua

Gaurav Kalra | March 27, 2007, 9:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The group stages are over. The Super Eight phase of the World Cup will feature matches in four other islands of the West Indies.

As Australia play hosts the West Indies in Antigua, lets take you on a journey around this magical island.

CNN-IBN's Gaurav Kalra was in Antigua when India toured the West Indies in 2006 and brought back these memories.

Nothing prepares you for the Caribbean - not the images on television, not the tourism brochures - nothing. As the cool Atlantic breeze hit me in the face; I knew every moment of this experience would stay with me for a lifetime.

Shirley Heights got its name from a general Shirley, who was governor here in the 18th century. I wonder if he paid a bribe to get a posting that allowed him a glimpse of these clear blue waters everyday.

In the turbulent 18th century, the English Harbour was the headquarters of the Leeward Islands fleet. It is difficult to imagine anybody could think of war here. From every nook and corner, a little slice of history stares you in the face.

I had thought the view of Nelson's Dockyard from Shirley Heights was spectacular. But from ground zero it became another jewel for the memory bank. I left the English Harbour a happy man.

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