Warner Park in St Kitts to host CPL finals

Jamaica Tallawahs to defend title starting in July

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) -- Warner Park in St Kitts has been chosen as the venue to host the final in the 2014 Caribbean Premier league (CPL), officials have announced.

Warner Park, originally rebuilt for the 2007 ICC World Cup, will also host semi-finals and six group-phase matches in the CPL second edition which begins in July.

The venue has gone undergone a major renovation including state-of-the-art lighting facilities.

“We are delighted to welcome some of the biggest stars in cricket to Warner Park during this year’s competition,” declared St Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sports, Glen Phillip.

“Carnival cricket has always been synonymous with the Caribbean, and we’re looking forward to showing an audience of millions around the globe that St Kitts and Nevis can host a party like no other”.

Warner Park boasts an 8,000 capacity ground and officials are planning a week of celebration and entertainment in support of the final.

Last year, over 250,000 spectators attended matches in Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and St Lucia.

A global TV audience of 36 million was entertained by the skills of international stars including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan.

“We cannot wait to bring the big-hitting excitement of the CPL to Warner Park. By awarding these prestigious matches to St Kitts and Nevis we are demonstrating that the whole of the Caribbean can celebrate and enjoy the successes of this global tournament,” said Pete Russell, Chief Operations Officer of CPL.

“The renovation of the stadium was a key factor in the bid succeeding; the new facilities are second to none, and we’re keen to provide show-stopping cricket to match.”

The Limacol CPL will be played in July and August this year.

Jamaica Tallawahs will defend their title against the St Lucia Zouks, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.

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