The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has created an award for the groundsman that has overseen the greatest improvement in the pitches at tournament venues since the league’s inception in 2013.
The award will see the winning head groundsman being flown to New Zealand to work with world renowned pitch expert Mark Perham.
According to CPLT20.com, the award winner will also visit New Zealand for three weeks spending time in both Christchurch and Auckland to see how pitches in other countries are prepared. “This is an amazing opportunity for professional development and further cements the Hero CPL’s commitment to improve pitches across the region.”
Speaking about the award pitch expert Perham said: “I have been delighted to work with the groundsmen across the region to help improve the pitches in the Caribbean. This opportunity for the groundsman that has made the biggest improvement to the standard of wickets at their venue is just reward for a lot of hard work, but I would also like to extend my thanks to all the ground staff who have also put in a lot of hard graft over the years.”
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “As a tournament we are firmly committed to playing our part in the improvement of cricketing infrastructure across the Caribbean and we are very pleased to have been involved in the improvement of pitches. This award is another example of CPL investing in the development of West Indies cricket.”