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2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will take place in St Kitts & Nevis Image: cplt20.com

The 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will take place in Saint Kitts and Nevis (country in the Caribbean) in its entirety, with all 33 games to be played in the Federation. The tournament will get underway on August 28th with a similar format of games that scripted a success story in 2020 and delivered a record audience of over 500 million.

‘CPL T20’ stated that tournament was successfully staged in a bio-secure bubble and the Hero CPL operations team will again be working in close collaboration with the tournament’s medical advisors, local agencies and the Saint Kitts and Nevis Government to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in the fixture as well as the local population. Saint Kitts and Nevis has no COVID-19 transmission and is one of the safest places to visit in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Premier League (abbreviated to CPL or CPLT20) is an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament held in the Caribbean. It is currently sponsored by Hero MotoCorp and consequently officially named the Hero CPL.

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

‘CPL T20’ further stated that Warner Park has been the scene of some of the most legendary matches in Hero CPL history and this quick scoring ground will be an ideal venue for the spectacle and fans can treat themselves to explosive cricket. From Chris Gayle’s (Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies) brilliant 100 against the cricket team Jamaica Tallawahs in 2019 to Andre Russell’s (Jamaican cricketer) even more majestic century against the cricket team Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016, Warner Park has had some classic individual performances. There has also been some amazing cricket being played, not least the game that went to a Super Over finish between the cricket teams St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2019.

The 8,000-capacity Warner Park Sporting Complex is an athletic facility in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis. It includes the Warner Park Stadium, which was one of the hosts for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The stadium was largely financed by Taiwan with donations totaling $2.74 million.

The franchise Jamaica Tallawahs is the representative team of Jamaica in the Caribbean Premier League of cricket. It was one of the six teams created in 2013 for the inaugural season of the tournament. The Jamaica Tallawahs play their home games at the 15,600-capacity Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Trinbago Knight Riders are a franchise cricket team of the Caribbean Premier League based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Red Steel was one of the original six teams created for the tournament’s inaugural 2013 season. Their home ground is the 20,000-capacity Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.

The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are a Caribbean Premier League cricket franchise based in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and participated in the competition for the first time in 2015.

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. With the tournament set to take place in Saint Kitts and Nevis in its entirety, the Federation can look forward to even more focus on what makes it one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.

This year’s tournament takes on extra significance with it taking place in the lead-up to the ICC T20 World Cup and West Indies and the overseas players will be using this opportunity to push for selection for their international teams.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the international championship of Twenty20 International cricket. Organized by cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tournament currently consists of 16 teams.

Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), remarked, “We are delighted to be able to announce that we will be having the Hero CPL in Saint Kitts and 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis the exposure they deserve.”

The Honorable Jonel Powell, Saint Kitts and Nevis Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, averred, “We are greatly confident that the hosting of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Saint Kitts and 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 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.”

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