The Trinidad & Tobago government is prepared to host the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League this summer because the effect of COVID-19 has made it impractical to stage in various countries as normal. image of defending CPL chmpions Barbados Tridents. Shamfa Cudjoe, the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, has, however, stressed that the final decision is subject to permission from the health ministry and the CPL committing to sticking to guidelines.
“But we are open to hosting, and as long as our virus numbers remain low, and we can establish the right health protocols and guidelines, and get the commitment from CPL to abide and adhere to those guidelines, then we are very much, very, very much open to hosting the CPL at this point in time,” he said.
CPL was originally slated to take place between 19 Aug. and 26 Sept. across six venues. The organisers of CPL have submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Keith Rowley to stage the league in the country.
As part of the proposal, CPL has said it would want to host the entire tournament of 34 matches at Trinidad's two main stadiums, the Queen's Park Oval and the Brian Lara Academy.
CPL signed a three-year contract with the Trinidad & Tobago government to host the semi-finals and finals in addition to home matches of the local team, the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2018.
Last year, Trinidad played host to eight matches including the knockouts and two T10 women’s exhibition matches. The Trinidad and Tobago government is meant to pay $1 million to CPL to facilitate the matches in the country.
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