Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 12, 2014 (SKNIS): The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 is internationally renowned for showcasing exciting cricket, a festive atmosphere and the diversity of the region’s population, but this year’s tournament will add a new attraction.
“What I think that excites us almost more than anything is to be able to show off and showcase the Warner Park stadium to cricket lovers around the world, because I think they will be amazed,” said Pete Russell, Chief Operating Officer of the (CPL).
Russell’s comments were made during a signing ceremony on Tuesday (March 11) that confirmed St. Kitts and Nevis’ participation as host to nine of the 30 matches that will be played this year including the semifinals and finals. This is impressive considering that the island does not have a CPL franchise.
The cricket stadium was recently outfitted with a state-of-the-art lighting and visual media system that classes it among the best sporting complexes in the western hemisphere.
“From our side, the technical specification and the investment that has gone into the stadium has been spectacular so we thank the Ministry of Sports for investing …” COO Russell stressed.
The CPL official witnessed the first day/night encounter under the lights between Jamaica and the Leeward Islands at Warner Park that concluded last Monday (March 10). He was seemingly captivated by the 3,700 lux that illuminated the field.
“It really was like playing the match in daylight,” he revealed. “Those lights are fantastic.”
The Warner Park Cricket Stadium will host CPL matches from August 08 to 16.”