ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) -- Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, has given a ringing endorsement of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) currently underway.
Sir Richard’s gave his seal of approval to the tournament while watching the Antigua Hawkbills overcome table-topping Barbados Tridents in a low-scoring thriller.
“I love this league. I love the fact it is not stuffy (and) I love the fact that you arrive and there is music playing. People are partying as you only get in the West Indies,” he said as he watched the action.
“The great thing about this cricket is that it is exciting – it is designed to entertain and people want to be entertained”.
The Virgin Group is a Tournament Partner with Virgin Atlantic the official airline of the LCPL, while Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media and Virgin Holidays all support the competition.
The Hawksbills’ win against the Tridents ripped up the form book and it was a result that gave Sir Richard cause for celebration.
“It is great to be involved with (Sir) Viv (Richards) and his team,” he said. “We always like to be involved with the underdogs and at the moment the Antigua team is the underdog but that means there is only one way to go – which is up.
“We will have to see how they do in this first season but over the next few years I am sure you will see them competing with the best teams.”
The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League runs until 24 August with the two semi-finals and final taking place in Trinidad.