Mr. Val Henry, MyVueNews.com
Basseterre, St. Kitts, Wednesday, 1st August, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) –After a very successful cricket campaign last year in the Caribbean Premier League, (CPL), the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots are at it again and are once again fancying their chances to lift the trophy in the 2018 tournament.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, 1st August, at the Kayanjet Lounge at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, CEO of the Patriots, Richard Berridge, gave the assurance that his team is already in preparation mode, saying that while there is still a bit of work to be done, they will be ready.
The CPL series is due to commence on 8th August with Patriots having their first engagement on August 9th against Guyana Amazon Warriors in Providence Stadium Guyana.
On Thursday, 2nd August, the team will play an exhibition match against the Premier’s Eleven, at the E.T. Willette Park, in Charlestown, Nevis. A similar game is slated for Antigua shortly after, as the team tries to get match ready.
However, their home games are all slated for the Warner Park Stadium from 28th August to 4th September, with all matches starting at 6:00pm.
Richard said that it is very important to have the team in a special camp here in St. Kitts as the players gel together. He said last year the players had good synergy, which he said was in part responsible for the outstanding performances, reaching to the finals but losing out on the grand prize of championship.
The CEO also explained that due to national service commitment by some of their overseas based players, they have been forced to add new members.
In addition, Richards intimated that the SKN Patriots remains on the look out to scout new local talent but what is needed is more local cricket so that players from St. Kitts and Nevis could have a platform to display their skills and talents.
Not enough local cricket though is being played cited the former CEO of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association and former analyst of the West Indies Cricket Team.
Also making an appearance at the press conference was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, Shawn Richards, who suggested that more collaboration is needed between the various stakeholders to develop the sport locally and to make it possible for our players to have more opportunities to shine on the international stage.
But he admitted that with the advent of the SKN Patriots the island has seen some local players being offered the opportunity to play with international stars of the game.
He thanked both CPL and SKN Patriots for this opportunity.
The minister also said that government has invested heavily in to the CPL which he says is a partnership that the administration understands is viable and that they have seen the benefits and they look forward to a long relationship.
Joining the press conference was also the Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant, whose ministry is a key partner for the Patriots and the CPL series.
In attendance were also sponsors and other business partners.