Will the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) save West Indies cricket? The article below by Reuters implies that the CPL is a welcome change to the economic survival of the game in the West Indies. The article was published in The Times of India as:
Caribbean venues packed again thanks to CPL Twenty20
Cricket in the West Indies has been played against a sorry backdrop of half-empty stadiums for years but the inaugural Caribbean Premier League(CPL) Twenty20 competition has finally reignited the imagination of the fans.
With bumper crowds, investment from Hollywood celebrities, international television distribution and plenty of local sponsors, organisers say the tournament is already well ahead of their expectations.
"We are at the stage we had anticipated for year three. We could never have imagined it to be the success that it is," CPL chief executive Damien O'Donohoe said.
The tournament concludes on Saturday, under lights, at a sold-out Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad after two nights of capacity crowds for the semi-finals.
The shortest form of the game has enjoyed success elsewhere, attracting new fans and stirring the passion of cricket lovers who had drifted away from stadiums, and the new tournament in the Caribbean is also proving a hit. Read full article here