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Trinidad to host CPL semi-finals, finals

Published:Wednesday | February 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago has won the right to host the semi-final and the final of the 2015 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition, organisers announced on Monday.

Damien O'Donohoe, the CPL's chief executive officer, also announced that the twin-island republic has secured the rights ahead of competing venues United States and Dubai.

T&T, home to the Red Steel franchise, will host seven matches, including the CPL final dubbed Super Bowl of the Caribbean.

"We actually had bids from outside of the Caribbean to host the finals, but Gerry (T&T minister of tourism, Gerald Hadeed) was insistent that we brought it back here to Trinidad and Tobago," said O'Donohoe during a press conference at the Ministry of Tourism.

"It was actually two countries (that bid to host the semi-finals and final). One was going to be the United States and the next one was going to be in Dubai."

O'Donohoe told reporters that taking the competition into the US market remains a goal of CPL, which officials say has been growing in popularity after two seasons.

"We were in discussions to take some games over there ... that is the future," he explained.

"I have always said and it was always part of the plan to take the CPL into the US because we believe we have the best platform, and we all know if you can make any traction in the US, the scale that they have changes things considerably."