Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 27 -(www.bcacricket.org) - The 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is to be played in St. Kitts & Nevis in its entirety.
The tournament, featuring 33 matches at Warner Park, starts August 28 with a similar format of 2020 and delivered a record audience of over 500 million.
Last year the tournament was staged in a bio-secure bubble and the Hero CPL operations team will again be working closely with the tournament’s medical advisors, local agencies and the St. Kitts & Nevis government to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in the tournament as well as the local population.
St. Kitts & Nevis has no COVID-19 transmission and is one of the safest places to visit in the Caribbean.
Hero CPL has provided outstanding exposure for the Caribbean with each season bringing a huge positive economic impact and highlighting the region as one of the must-visit tourism destinations.
This year’s tournament takes on extra significance with it taking place in the lead up to the ICC T20 World Cup in India. West Indies and overseas players will be using this opportunity to push for selection for their international teams.
Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s COO, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that we will be having the Hero CPL in St Kitts & Nevis in 2021 and we would like to thank those involved in welcoming the tournament to this wonderful country. As was demonstrated during the 2020 tournament the CPL is a massive boost for the host country with US$51.5million delivered in sponsorship value for Trinidad & Tobago. We are really looking forward to giving St Kitts & Nevis the exposure they deserve.”
The Honourable Jonel Powell, St Kitts & Nevis Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, said: “We are greatly confident that the hosting of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2021 will stimulate much-needed economic activity, especially for small and medium-sized local businesses. As it relates to COVID-19 we will maintain our vigilance to ensure that our health protocols are not compromised and that the country remains protected from any serious spread of the Coronavirus. It will most certainly help to revive the tourism sector that has been struggling for over a year, under the weight of the deadly COVID-19 global pandemic. Therefore, the economic impact is forecast to be significant.”