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Damien O Donohoe, chief executive
officer (CEO) of the Limacol Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Tour-
nament is already declaring the inau-
gural event, now in its final stage, a
In a T&T Guardian interview the CPL
official said the quality of the champi-
onships was proof that the new feature
in cricket was sustainable.
"I have been blown away by this first
year of the Limacol CPL. I could not
have imaged that we would have been
where we are today, in year one. We are
probably where we should be in year
three at this stage to pack the stadiums.
To have people come out in the tens of
thousands is overwhelming," he said.
O Donohoe added, "The tickets and
the gate receipts answer those questions.
We have been over 90 per cent for every
single game of the CPL. There is no
doubt that we have a fantastic product
now to go forward with in 2014. We
look forward to a bigger and better tour-
A preliminary look of the numbers
from viewership of the matches,
O Donohoe revealed, was also cause for
Six teams took part in the preliminary
round of the tournament. They were:
Antigua Hawkbills, Barbados Tridents,
Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica
Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks and T&T Red
Hawksbills and Zouks were sent
In the first semifinal held at the
Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on
Thursday night, cricket lovers saw T&T
Red Steel led by Dwayne Bravo, take
their exit by table toppers Guyana Ama-
zon Warriors, captained by Ramnaresh
Sarwan, who emerged with a seven-
Last night s match-up at the same
venue, Chris Gayle s Jamaica Tallawahs
was scheduled to play Kieron Pollard s
Barbados Tridents following which the
winner will meet the Amazon Warriors
in today s final.
O Donohoe said, "We have been lucky
to have Mr Dennis O Brian and Digicel
step in to become part of the CPL,
because we realised very quickly that
the investment required was going to
be (US$) multi-millions and there is
not many people or companies that can
step in to put that type of money into
He added, "We ve got big plans for
expansion, but I think first and foremost
we need to have a full de-brief in terms
of year one, because although there
have been many greats things, we have
also learnt many lessons."
On the issue if attracting more teams
O Donohoe said the CPL management
had received varying offers from coun-
tries from within the Caribbean and
further afield interested in competing.
"Once we get through of de-brief in
September, we ll know more then. This
is something that we got into for the
long term with our partners the West
Indies Cricket Board. It was 50-year
deal that we struck. This is about re-
igniting cricket in the Caribbean. I firmly
believe we have done that. The gate
receipts say it all," he said.
Asked what plans the CPL had to
illustrate its corporate social responsi-
bility O Donohoe said looking after
cricket at the grass-root levels has
already been foremost in the mind of
the CPL executive.
"...To develop the children. When
we looked around the region, the kids,
their heroes were in the NBA and the
NFL stars. What we wanted to do was
to change that because we firmly believe
that the Caribbean is the natural home
of T20 cricket, so we wanted to inspire
children. We have a programme that
will start in January with Mikey Holding
that will work with schools and young-
ster around the region to help them
become like the legions before them,"
said O Donohoe.
CPL a success
Brian Frontin, chairman, Tourism Development Company (TDC), left, poses with Brian Charles Lara, Yolande Selman, acting
CEO, TDC, Damien O'Donohoe, CEO, Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Deryck Murray and Jamie Stewart, commercial
director, CPL. The occasion was Wednesday's welcome reception for CPL semi-finalists hosted by the TDC at the Hyatt
Regency Trinidad. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO
New Zealand cricketer James Franklin, left, playing for the Guayana
Amazons Warriors, and South African cricketer Jacques Rudolph,
representing the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Legendary West Indies cricketers Lance Gibbs, left, and Brian Charles
Lara share a candid moment.
T&T Red Steel batsmen Darren Bravo exhibits his pan playing skills to
the delight of steelpan soloist Shivanna Ramlogan.
Former T&T cricket captain and West Indies player Deryck Murray, left, with
Gregg Mannette, executive sales agent, Guardian Group, and West Indies
wicketkeeper and right-handed batsman Denesh Ramdin.
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