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CPL deal looks solid

More than likely the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 will be played entirely in Trinidad as the Government of T&T and CPL officials are very close to signing off the deal. Guardian Media understands that most boxes have been ticked and it seems like the CPL starting on August 19 in Trinidad is a go. The CPL is proposing to doubleheaders for one week at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba and the next week the same number of games at the Queen’s Park Oval. The final of the tournament was always carded for T&T, as has been the case for the last two editions.

They are proposing to create a bio-secure environment at the Hilton Trinidad for players and officials and all protocols concerning the Covid 19 regulations are expected to be met. With the Caribbean not badly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the tournament may well contain only regional players and no internationals.

Also, no spectators will be allowed in the stands as the matches will be played behind closed doors. Originally CPL hinted that they may have played the tournament in two or three countries. There has been a change of heart and T&T has now been given the opportunity to take the entire tournament. Up to last Friday, there were just some minor details to be worked out and Guardian Media understands that this has been done and an announcement is expected soon.Trinidad has dealt with the virus situation brilliantly and has the capability of staging the entire tournament with the two world-class venues.

In addition to being an economic shot in the arm for T&T, the owners of the tournament also stand to get financial ease up by hosting the tournament in just one country. The logistics of hosting the tournament among six Caribbean countries have been testing since the inception of the tournament in 2013.It is understood that the government has welcomed the proposal and a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes to get the tournament on. Once this tournament comes off the massive viewership that is expected due to the fact that it will be the first T20 franchise tournament to be played since Covid 19 took over the globe, will work to Trinidad’s advantage. CPL is expected to announce the date for the draft once they get the go-ahead that the tournament is taking place. So far all six franchise teams have announced their Caribbean retention.


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