Excitement is reaching fever pitch across the Caribbean for the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League, which began Friday on the beautiful Spice Isle of Grenada.
Speaking at the launch of CPL 2014, CEO Damien O’Donohoe, captains, coaches and legendary West Indies mentors all spoke of their excitement for the competition, and promised an even bigger, better and more exciting spectacle than last year’s tournament, which thrilled sell-out crowds across the region, earning the nickname ‘The Biggest Party in Sport’.
The tournament kicked off Friday 11th July at the National Cricket Stadium, Grenada, with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, captained by new West Indies Test skipper, Denesh Ramdin, and featuring global T20 stars, Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons, taking on Antigua Hawksbills, led by Marlon Samuels, coached by former Australia boss, Tim Nielsen, and mentored by the great Sir Viv Richards.
Today Saturday July 12 will see a mouth-watering double-header for the people of Grenada to enjoy. First up, legendary former West Indies openers, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, go head-to-head as team mentors, as the Red Steel, led by Dwayne Bravo, face off against Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents. The opening weekend draws to a close with Chris Gayle’s defending champions, Jamaica Tallawahs, taking on West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, and the Saint Lucia Zouks.
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League runs from 11th July to 16th August, with 30 matches taking place over 37 days. In addition, the final week of the tournament, in St. Kitts and Nevis, will host Beefy’s Bash, an all-star charity match featuring Sir Ian Botham, Brian Lara and Piers Morgan, as well as a concert by hip-hop megastar, Rick Ross.