St. Kitts wants to host a franchise team
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - St. Kitts and Nevis have expressed strong interest in hosting a franchise team for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) set to start in July.
Sports Minister Glenn Phillip has communicated his country’s desire in a letter of intent to Verus International - which runs the CPL.
The letter says the federation is interested in hosting a team and promised that infrastructure to facilitate the hosting will be in place before the start of the tournament on July 29.
A company has been contracted to install a six pole lighting system at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium as well as the training facility at the Len Harris Cricket Academy.
St. Kitts and Nevis has hosted various regional and international events including the 2008 CARIFTA Games and first round matches for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.
Senior Sports Officer Vernon Springer says the twin-island Federation stands to benefit economically, if awarded a franchise, and that a heightened interest in cricket is expected from young people.
The CPL is slated to run from July 29 to August 26 and a number of international cricketers have signaled their intention to play in the competition including Ricky Ponting of Australia, Ross Taylor of New Zealand and Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan.