Cameron pleased with CPL success
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron is happy with what he deems the success of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Cameron, by press release yesterday, said the crowd turnouts for the competition was evidence that there is still “interest and passion” for the game in the region.
““The support of the Limacol CPL by the West Indian fans has been overwhelming and this is evidenced by the sold out crowds at each and every match so far,” the release quoted Cameron. “That says to me that the interest and passion for the game is still there, and it’s our responsibility to continue to nurture that love which is what the LCPL is all about.”
The WICB head pointed to the international exposure the League has achieved, with broadcasts available in India, United Kingdom, New Zealand and the US, through networks like ESPN3, Fox Sports, BT Sports and Sony. ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play (online) also have a weekly CPL highlights show, while the CPL is broadcast on television and 22 radio stations in the region.
“...The entire world has come to play through the global reach and appeal that the Tournament has achieved. The combination of some of the best regional and international T20 players with the amazing carnival, party-like atmosphere for which the Caribbean is renowned has turned the eyes and ears of the world to our shores, and we could not be more pleased about that exposure.”
The release also pointed to the interest the CPL has garnered in the form of sponsorship from the Virgin Group and chairman Sir Richard Branson—who sponsored the Antigua Hawksbills—as well as support from Hollywood stars Gerard Butler and Mark Wahlberg, who bought stakes in the Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents respectively.
Butler even created a media storm and fan frenzy by his presence in Trinidad and Tobago for the semi-finals and final from Thursday through yesterday, and his public interaction with the Tallawahs.
Hidden talent, Cameron also said, emerged throughout the tournament.
“Players like young Nicholas Pooran (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel) and the likes of Rayad Emrit (Barbados Tridents), Sheldon Cotterell (Antigua Hawksbills) and Steven Jacobs (Guyana Amazon Warriors) to name a few, that may have flown under the radar or been overshadowed by the bigger names in the region have now been given their time to shine, and they are indeed taking advantage of that opportunity.
“I expect that the Limacol CPL will open many doors for these young men to play cricket all over the world, and it’s satisfying to know that it all started with the LCPL.”