The Biggest party in sport, Caribbean Premier League to host Finals in St. Kitts

Though only in its second year, the Caribbean Premier League, CPL, has speedily become one of the world’s most attractive T20 cricket competitions and the organizers have taken the bold decision to host, not only its Semi Finals but grand Finals, at the 7 years old Warner Park Cricket Stadium in Basseterre.

The stadium will also host six group stage matches and will now join stadia in other countries such as Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and St Lucia, as venues for this super event.

When it was launched in 2013, the CPL played to record crowds of over 250,000 spectators during the various stages of the competition.

Over 36 million spectators also followed the events on television throughout the world, in nations like India, Australia, England and South Africa.

Organizers have shared that last year’s event pumped over 105 million dollars in the economies of the host venues and St. Kitts is hoping to capitalize on this potential windfall when it serves as the newest host.

Government officials in Basseterre are satisfied with the decision to select Warner Park especially given the recent enhancements done to the facility, where a new lighting system was installed to facilitate night cricket.

Minister of Sport in St. Kitts, Glen Phillip said, “We are delighted to welcome some of the biggest stars in cricket to Warner Park during this year’s competition. Carnival cricket has always been synonymous with the Caribbean, and we’re looking forward to showing an audience of millions around the globe that St. Kitts and Nevis can host a party like no other.”

The Chief Operations Officer of Caribbean Premier League, Pete Russell, while commenting on the decision to use Warner Park, said, “We cannot wait to bring the big-hitting excitement of the CPL to Warner Park. By awarding these prestigious matches to St. Kitts and Nevis we are demonstrating that the whole of the Caribbean can celebrate and enjoy the successes of this global tournament. The renovation of the stadium was a key factor in the bid succeeding; the new facilities are second to none, and we’re keen to provide show-stopping cricket to match.”

The competition which is mainly sponsored by Limacol will be played in July and August amongst teams like Jamaica Tallawahs, the defending champions, as well as the St. Lucia Zouks, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.


 

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