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CPL 2014 To Open In Grenada

Fans in Grenada are poised to welcome the Caribbean Premier League to Grenada in July
Fans in Grenada are poised to welcome the Caribbean Premier League to Grenada in July
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Grenada will host the launch and opening round of matches in this year's Caribbean Premier League, which will get underway on Friday 11th July.

All six teams will be in action over the first weekend with the full fixture list yet to be announced.

The action will begin in Grenada's National Cricket Stadium, which has hosted several West Indies games since 2002 as well as six World Cup matches in 2007.

The opening match will see last year's runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the Antigua Hawksbills.

On Saturday 12th July, the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel play the Barbados Tridents and reigning champions the Jamaica Tallawahs will meet the St Lucia Zouks on Sunday 13th July.

"Grenada is delighted to host the opening of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League, and we’re looking forward to showing off 'Pure Grenada' to the world," The Honourable Emmalin Pierre, Minister for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs of Grenada, said.

"Grenadians are a sociable, welcoming and fun-loving people so it’s going to be a fantastic occasion – on and off the pitch - and we’re going to make sure the CPL feels right at home on the Spice Isle."

Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the CPL, commented; "We are absolutely delighted to have Grenada on board to host the thrilling CPL opening matches.

"After an incredible inaugural year that surpassed all expectations, cricket fans all over the world are looking forward to another exciting tournament.

"The players and fans are expecting a high calibre event and we feel that we are in safe hands with our partners in Grenada.

"The beauty of this island is matched only by the hospitality of its people and so we are looking forward to sharing that with the international audience.

"We’re delighted to welcome Grenada to the CPL family."

WICB President, Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron, congratulated Grenada, adding: "The 2014 staging of the Limacol CPL should be no less exciting than the inaugural edition and we know the kind of atmosphere this version of the game can generate.

"We are keen on the partnership with the CPL and we anticipate fierce rivalry among the teams again this season."

The final will be held on 16th August.

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