Richards told MyVueNews.com that success in hosting CPL can be looked at from several viewpoints.
He said, “In the first instance the government made a bid to host CPL here. We were able to host it, and it was incident free each day. That is a success.”
Another indicator of success, to which the minister referred, is the sold out stands and mounds at the venue. The only tickets that were available, according to a ticket sales source, was for the Party Stand.
Notwithstanding the disappointment for some people who wanted to enter the venue, Richards believes that success was reflected in people having a great time. He said, “As one looked around the venue, he or she would realize that persons were there enjoying themselves.”
Beyond those points, however, the minister directed attention to the succesful negotiation of a $25,000 donation earmarked for the St Kitts-Nevis National Education Foundation. The amount was presented to government during the closing ceremony of the CPL T20 tournament.
Richards explained, “As a result of that quite a significant number of students here in St Kitts and Nevis will be able to receive scholarships.”
He explained further, “One cannot quantify the benefits of those scholarships, as our students who will forever be beneficiaries will be able to further develop their educational skills, …that they will take with them for years to come and the country will benefit from.”
The sports minister said also that vendors and other persons, such as the local organizing committee, would have benefited significantly from CPL being hosted here in St Kitts and Nevis.
When asked if St Kitts and Nevis would be bidding next year to host the games Richards said that he was unable to say at this time.
However, he said, “I do not support that we may want to be hosting the final back to back. We hosted the finals in 2014, again in 2016, and perhaps we will give another country (the opportunity) to host it next time around.”
Richards believes that St Kitts and Nevis received positive coverage worldwide, with a televison viewership estimated to be over one million people The minister is of the view that this coverage will have a long term positive impact on the country’s tourism.