BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Pete Russell said that he is impressed with facilities in St Kitts & Nevis for hosting major sporting events
Russell has completed a tour of key infrastructure developments in the country for hosting cricket matches including sporting facilities and hotels.
“I’ve been very impressed with everything that the country is looking to do certainly from a sporting perspective, so the new stadium with the lights is fantastic,” Russell told SKNIS, in reference to the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, which has been outfitted with lights.
“The infrastructures around the Caribbean, in terms of what you are used to in other international markets, are a challenge. So to see a complex which is obviously very close to being completed, spend the money and the time investing in lights of that stature, it’s only going to benefit St Kitts but hopefully it will allow more international cricket to be played here.”
St Kitts & Nevis is said to be keen on becoming a franchise host for the CPL which was staged for the first time last year.
Russell says the excitement of the five-week tournament will incorporate new territories.
“We’re very keen to take CPL to as many islands as possible,” he stressed.
“We will be working very closely with the prime minister and the minister of sport to see whether that’s possible but we very much hope to be playing CPL cricket here in St Kitts in 2014.”
His trip to St Kitts also included meetings with Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas and the Minister of Sports Glenn Phillip.
“What he (Mr Russell) was also particularly pleased with was the fact that we are thinking of improving the party stand area,” said Phillip.
“Twenty20 cricket right now is about entertainment. …They (the organisers) are trying to get the game into the United States – Florida, New York – and so whatever standard we put forth is critical to our development going forward in terms of the CPL or any other sport.”