Opening CPL games for Grenada
• ST GEORGE’S
The National Cricket Stadium in Grenada will host the launch and opening round of games in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL), from Friday July 11, with all six teams in action over the first weekend.
Following the announcement, the island’s Minister for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Emmalin Pierre said, “Grenada is delighted to host the opening of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League, and we’re looking forward to showing off “Pure Grenada” to the world. Grenadians are a sociable, welcoming and fun-loving people so it’s going to be a fantastic occasion – on and off the pitch – and we’re going to make sure the CPL feels right at home on the Spice Isle.”
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the CPL, welcomed the new CPL venue.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Grenada on board to host the thrilling CPL opening matches,” he said via press release. “After an incredible inaugural year that surpassed all expectations, cricket fans all over the world are looking forward to another exciting tournament. The players and fans are expecting a high calibre event and we feel that we are in safe hands with our partners in Grenada....We’re delighted to welcome Grenada to the CPL family.”
And WICB president Dave Cameron, also congratulated Grenada on being chosen to host the opening of the Limacol CPL.
“The 2014 staging of the Limacol CPL should be no less exciting than the inaugural edition and we know the kind of atmosphere this version of the game can generate. We are keen on the partnership with the CPL and we anticipate fierce rivalry among the teams again this season.”
Grenada’s National Cricket Stadium, has hosted several West Indies matches since 2002, as well as six matches at the 2007 World Cup, and will hold the biggest CPL crowd ever, with room for 16,200 spectators.
Action begins with last year’s runners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors taking on the Antigua Hawksbills, with two of the world’s finest spinners, Sunil Narine and Saeed Ajmal, going head-to-head.
The action continues into Saturday, when Dwayne Bravo’s Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel take on the Barbados Tridents, captained by Kieron Pollard.
Sunday will see Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs starting the defence of their crown against St. Lucia Zouks, now guided by head coach, Matthew Maynard, and set to feature West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy and Grenada’s Andre Fletcher.
According to the CPL, information about tickets for the three opening games will be announced in the near future.