| BASSETERRE (28TH June, 2016): The playoffs and Final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be played in St. Kitts.
That announcement was made by the Minister of Sport, The Hon. Shawn K. Richards on Sunday at White Sands. This will be the second time that St. Kitts will be playing host to the championship matches.
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The first of the playoff games will be played on the 3rd of August followed by the second and the third playoff games on consecutive days. The tournament concludes with the finals being played on the 7th of August.
Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, said he was in full support of having the CPL Final in St. Kitts.
“The Ministry of Tourism remains committed in establishing a lasting legacy of cricket engrained in the socio-economic development and culture of our federation, as we welcome the Hero 2016 CPL tournament,” Minister Grant said. “We look forward to the obvious gains from visitor arrivals, and the marketing and investment promotion of our Federation, through these internationally televised games and the massive influx of cricket loyalists that are intrinsic to the CPL tournament.”
Some of the biggest stars in world cricket, including West Indies World T20 winning stars Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons, alongside South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, New Zealand duo Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Australia’s Shane Watson and many others, will descend on St. Kitts between June 30th and July 5th.
CPL action will begin at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium on Thursday 30th June, where the home team, the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots, will take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The Schedule of Matches for St. Kitts are as follows:
8:00pm: St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors
9:30pm: St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs
1:30pm: St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots vs St. Lucia Zouks
4:30pm: St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Tridents
In a new beginning for CPL, the 2016 edition will see six matches of the group stages being played in The United States of America at the Lauderhill Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This will be in addition to the six venues in St. Kitts, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, St.Lucia and Port of Spain which are the home grounds for each of the six franchises.