CPL final to be played in T&T for next three years

By March 03, 2018
Trinbago Knight Riders celebrate winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium. Trinbago Knight Riders celebrate winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago is set to host seven games, five preliminaries, a semi-final and the final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), for the next three years.

Cabinet agreed to the three-year proposal on Friday.

The 2018 edition of the tournament, the sixth season of the league, is scheduled for August 8 to September 16, 2018.

According to a release from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, the arrangements between the Government and CPL will see a financial outlay by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago of TT$ 6.7 million (US $1 million) for each year; half of the sum being paid to CPL in cash, while the other half will be in kind for local government services including the cost of the Brian Lara Stadium, ground transport, hotel, police and fire services with a TT$3.5M cap. 

The Ministry says the Government would have therefore hosted four CPL finals in the period 2017-2020 in T&T for the price of TT$14 million in cash, compared to the cost of the final game in 2015, which was TT$24 million. 

It is estimated that the 2017 CPL T20 realised TT$23 million in revenue for the country and garnered 37.6 million in viewership worldwide.

“2017 saw the best finals ever and to top it all off, the Trinbago Knight Riders won at home at the brand new Brian Lara Cricket Academy (BLCA,” said Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs.

“We have built a great relationship with the CPL and cricket fans across the world can expect a great product of high level excitement and entertainment, just as they did in 2017,” he added. 

Paul-Andre Walker

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