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Warner Park to host all neutral CPL games

Basseterre (St. Kitts), Jan 31 (IANS) St. Kitts and Nevis will be the neutral venue for six games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), organisers ha ...

Basseterre (St. Kitts), Jan 31 (IANS) St. Kitts and Nevis will be the neutral venue for six games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), organisers have confirmed. 

This comes on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that the country would be also given a franchise for the upcoming Twenty20 league, reports CMC.

The latest move comes as a result of a deal struck between CPL and the St. Kitts government, and Sports Minister Glenn Philip said he was thrilled with the development.

"CPL delivers huge benefits to the Federation with $26 million injected into the economy during last year's hosting of CPL, and 65 million fans from around the world tuning in to enjoy the exciting matches. There is no doubt that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis were treated to a fantastic week of entertainment both on and off the pitch," he said.

"As such, we see the hosting of the neutral games, alongside having our new team, as a massive opportunity for St. Kitts and Nevis, and we are delighted to be welcoming all of the CPL teams to the Warner Park Stadium once again."

St Kitts' Warner Park stadium served as a venue for the first time last year, after missing out in the inaugural year of the CPL in 2013.  CPL chief executive Damien O'Donohoe said St. Kitts' massive success as a venue last season paved way for the decision.

"The hospitality shown there has been nothing short of sensational and the St. Kitts and Nevis government have again shown great commitment and faith in the tournament by agreeing to host the neutral games at Warner Park Stadium this year," he said.

No dates have been announced for the CPL this year, but the draft is set for Thursday.

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