CRICKET: Sabina Park lighting problems threatening Ja's CPL franchise
Jamaica run the risk of losing its Caribbean Premier League CPL franchise if it fails to have lights installed at Sabina Park by the time the second staging begins.
CPL’s commercial director, Jamie Stewart, who was on the island last weekend for the Jamaican leg of the competition, made the statement.
While understanding the last-minute problems that derailed the initial plan to install lights earlier this year, Stewart, an Australian, said now that the Jamaican leg has passed, whatever issues prevented the installation should now be sorted out.
Stewart says he hopes that dialogue can start again and Sabina Park can find a solution to this because it could become a barrier to Jamaica having a CPLN team.
Jamaicans turned out in record numbers last weekend to watch the Jamaica Tallawahs win two of their three home matches to book their place in the semi-finals.
However, unlike in the other Caribbean territories where the matches were played at night, the matches at the world-famous Sabina Park were staged during the day.
In early June, it was reported that a deal to have lights installed at Sabina Park fell apart mere weeks before the start of the CPL.
The deal that was reportedly struck between Sabina Park Holdings, owners of the facility, through Consolidated Energy Partners and General Electric, was to have seen lights being installed by August 5, just over a week before the Jamaica Tallawahs were to have hosted their first match.
There was no official word as to why the deal worth an estimated two million US dollars broke down.
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