Florida games expected to boost CPL - CEO
CASTRIES, St Lucia, (CMC):
Caribbean Premier League organisers believe the upcoming season will be most successful yet, especially with the new move to host matches in the United States expected to reap dividends.
For the first time in the three-year-old tournament, games have been scheduled outside of the Caribbean with six being played at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
And as tickets went on sale for the first time yesterday, CPL chief executive Damien O'Donohoe said organisers were expecting a strong response.
"We are really excited about the forthcoming CPL season and look forward to welcoming even more supporters to our matches for the season ahead," he said.
"We at CPL are acutely aware of our responsibilities to promote West Indies cricket and the tickets are competitively priced for single tickets and families across the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale.
SUCCESSFUL SEASON AHEAD
"As we now all know, the West Indies is the home of the ICC World T20 champions, and with a number of hugely talented emerging local players from the Under-19 squad and regionally, as well as our most talented roster to date of international talent, we're shaping up for our most successful season yet."
The tournament will this year run from June 29 to August 7, and will again feature six franchises - Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks.
Fixtures have only been released for two venues - Warner Park in St Kitts and Central Broward Stadium - with the remaining dates expected to be announced in coming days.
Warner Park hosts four games starting June 30, while Central Broward will feature six games, starting July 28.
O'Donohoe said he expected the Florida games to provide a major boost to the tournament.
"This year we will also be playing six matches in Fort Lauderdale which is a new and exciting departure for CPL, and I would urge all supporters to book their tickets early because we're expecting huge numbers to attend again this year."