CPL

Prime Minister assures T&T that hosting CPL is safe

By August 01, 2020
Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder (left) celebrates winning the 2019 CPL along with his coach, Phil Simmons. Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder (left) celebrates winning the 2019 CPL along with his coach, Phil Simmons.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), Dr Keith Rowley, is re-assuring his countrymen that the government has taken no undue risks in its decision to host the entire Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Organisers of the CPL had last month negotiated with the T&T government to host the CPL, usually occurring throughout six countries, solely in the twin-island republic.

The schedule and venues for the CPL have since been released, with the T&T Prime Minister promising a bubble to protect the citizens of T&T.

“Everything that will go on around the CPL will go on in a bubble that does not interact with the national population,” he said.

According to Rowley, all visitors will be screened for COVID-19 before coming to T&T and once they do, they would be subject to all protocols of entry. Once in the country, those visitors are confined to the Hilton Hotel “and that becomes a bubble for them.”

Matches will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba and at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair.

Those venues form part of the bubble with Rowley saying, "Then (the players) will go to a venue to play the game where they will not interact with the population. So, therefore, the CPL is a bubble that has nothing to do with what goes on with the population in the country."

The CPL is scheduled for August 18-September 10.

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