Just 15 days away from the opening match of the Hero Caribbean League (CPL) 2016 and there is still no word on the venue for the final.
Organisers are still to finalise negotiations with the bidding parties and before making a choice for the showpiece match of the June 29 to August 7 tournament, they want to ensure everything was in place.
In an interview with WEEKENDSPORT, CPL chief operating officer Pete Russell said it was somewhat frustrating that they had not yet been able to pick a venue.
“We’re obviously very keen to announce the final as quickly as we can but as you can appreciate, it is a very important decision for the CPL. It’s our flagship event of the tournament. For us, it is very important that we get the right partner there,” Russell said.
CPL has so far announced that four matches will be played in St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean and six matches will be played in Florida at the Central Broward County Ground in Lauderhill.
However, no official word was made about the venue for the three play-off matches and grand final.
The fourth installment of CPL is slated to bowl off on Wednesday June 29 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain with the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders hosting the St. Lucia Zouks from 21:00 hrs. The Guyana Amazon Warriors will open their campaign a day later at Warner Park against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots from 20:00 hrs.
This year, Warriors will be led by experienced New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill and will play four matches in Guyana at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. On July 7 they open against the powerful Jamaica Tallawahs from 19:00 hrs, then on Saturday 9th from 12:00 hrs they will engage the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Sunday July 10 will be a key fixture from 19:00 hrs against the Trinbago Knight Riders with the St. Lucia Zouks wrapping up the home matches for the Roger Harper coached team on Tuesday July 12 from 19:00 hrs.
Tickets are on sale for the Guyana matches at the new CPL Ticket Office at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets in Georgetown where there is also the Merchandise Shop where original Guyana Amazon Warriors souvenir items and replica uniforms are available.
Tickets cost $4,000 for the Red and Green Stands, $3,000 for the Orange Stand, $2,000 for the Party Mound and $1,000 for vehicle parking passes.