For Immediate Release
Port of Spain, Trinidad, 17 June 2017
The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is delighted to announce that the finals of the 2017 tournament will take place at the new Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad from 5th to 9th September.
The four matches will see the exciting conclusion to the Biggest Party in Sport which will draw in spectators and television viewers from around the world. Trinidad & Tobago is a vibrant hub of Caribbean cricket and will be an ideal host for the finals, that will see the top four teams from the league stage fight it out for the Hero CPL title.
The Brian Lara Cricket Academy is a state-of-the-art 100,000sqft training and competition venue with a capacity of 15,000-seats. This fantastic facility will be hosting its first Hero CPL matches and the teams will be able to make use of the world-class outdoor nets and training complex. The North Tower at the academy also houses the ultra-modern written press and broadcast areas.
Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Hero CPL said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Hero CPL finals to Trinidad & Tobago. There is nowhere that can host the CPL finals quite like Trinidad & Tobago. We would like to express out thanks to the Trinidad & Tobago government, especially the Prime Minister, Keith Rowley and the Minister for Youth and Sports, Darryl Smith.
“CPL is without doubt the biggest sports event in the Caribbean and has attracted huge international attention so this is a great opportunity for Trinidad & Tobago to showcase everything that makes this country so special to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. Sports tourism is now creating lots of much needed jobs in the region and so Trinidad and Tobago are set to really benefit from hosting these games.
“Trinidad and Tobago were fantastic hosts of the 2015 Hero CPL finals and I am sure that the games at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy will be even better in 2017.”
Minister Smith said: “What better tribute could we ask for the Academy’s namesake and the cricket loving citizens of Trinidad & Tobago? The CPL has become a true spectacle for the game and is enjoyed by cricket lovers across the Caribbean and the world. When the CPL officials visited last month and discussions began, I was quietly confident. We will ensure that it will be one of the best finals in the tournament’s history.”
ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:
Since its inception in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Jamaica Tallawahs are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders. The 2017 tournament will run from 4 August – 9 September 2017. For further information visit www.cplt20.com.
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Head of PR and Communications
Hero Caribbean Premier League
The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs greets Mrs. Natalie Black-O’Connor, Branding & Hospitality Manager at CPL.