The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The award­ing of a Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) T20 fran­chise to St. Kitts and Nevis is a clear sign of con­fi­dence by the or­ga­niz­ers in the abil­ity of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and sport­ing fra­ter­nity to host world class events.

That was the mes­sage of Se­nior Sports Of­fi­cer Ver­non Springer as he re­flected on the re­cent an­nounce­ments by CPL man­age­ment to have a fran­chise based in the twin­is­land Fed­er­a­tion as well as the agree­ment to host six neu­tral CPL matches at the Warner Park Cricket Sta­dium. This is in ad­di­tion to the four matches for the home team and the char­ity match which fea­tures the Prime Min­is­ter’s XI ver­sus the Sir Ian Botham’s XI.

Springer stated that the monies spent by the gov­ern­ment over the past two decades to up­grade key in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, util­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and health sys­tem, cou­pled with the mod­ern sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties that were con­structed, make St. Kitts and Nevis an at­trac­tive venue for in­ter­na­tional sport­ing and en­ter­tain­ment oc­ca­sions.

Min­is­ter of Sports, the Hon­ourable Glenn Phillip was quoted in a press re­lease as say­ing “CPL de­liv­ers huge benefits to the Fed­er­a­tion with US$26 mil­lion in­jected into the econ­omy dur­ing last year’s host­ing of CPL . . .” He added: “We see the host­ing of the neu­tral games, along­side hav­ing our new team, as a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for St. Kitts and Nevis, and we are de­lighted to be wel­com­ing all of the CPL teams to the Warner Park Sta­dium once again.”

The matches are ex­pected to take place over a nine­teen day pe­riod from late June to mid-July. The ex­act dates will be an­nounced shortly. It was also dis­closed that the fran­chise will be an ex­ist­ing one that will be re­lo­cat­ing its home base. Lo­cals will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in se­lect­ing the team’s name in an in­ter­ac­tive for­mat yet to be re­vealed.

The gov­ern­ment also se­cured a com­mit­ment from CPL man­age­ment to lend sup­port to the Re­gional Un­der 13 cricket tour­na­ment which has been or­gan­ised by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for more than 15 years, pro­duc­ing play­ers such as Keiran Pow­ell and Kraigg Brath­waite who have made it to play on the West Indies Se­nior Men’s Team.

The draft for the 3rd edi­tion of the 2015 CPL T20 tour­na­ment will be held on Fe­bru­ary 05.

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