According to information received by MiyVue.com, the St. Kitts and Nevis Government, along with the support from a number of business entities on the island, was awarded the authorization for the team.
In 2014, the Federation saw returns of nearly US$30 million from hosting nine matches and a charity game from that edition of the tournament.
According to WICRICNEWS.com, CPL’s Pete Russell said, “We have had a wonderful relationship with the Government since we first started planning for CPL games in 2014, and we are delighted that we are now able to bring a team to St Kitts and Nevis.”
Further, he disclosed, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the country, as fans get the opportunity to support their own team… We all look forward to the unrivalled passion that will again be evident at the Warner Park Stadium this season.
“It is also great news for local businesses who would benefit enormously from the economic impact of hosting a CPL team, as well as for the local development of young players, who we believe will become inspired by the opportunity to represent the St. Kitts and Nevis team in future years. We wish the team every success in 2015 and are delighted that St. Kitts and Nevis are now part of the CPL family,” concluded Russell.
Speaking with MiyVue.com today, Sports Minister Glen ‘Ghost’ Phillip indicated that discussions over having a franchise based here on the island were still ongoing.
However, he gave no details on how well negotiations were progressing.
Several governmental ministries worked closely in 2014 to have St. Kitts and Nevis displayed around the world in more than 20 countries during the CPL matches at Warner Park Cricket Stadium.