11 August 2020 (Port of Spain, Trinidad) – All those who are involved in the Hero Caribbean Premier League have tested negative for COVID-19. Those who travelled into the Trinidad & Tobago have now had two tests since arrival, all of which have been negative. Those who are resident of Trinidad and joining the tournament bubble have also returned negative tests.
With this news all franchise teams will now commence training and CPL officials and TV crew will now have limited freedom to move around the tournament hotel in small clusters.
Before the CPL cohort travelled to Trinidad & Tobago there were five people who either tested positive for COVID-19, or were in close contact with someone who had, and the strict tournament protocols meant that they could not travel
Michael Hall, CPL’s Tournament Operations Director, said: “The rigorous testing that we did before people travelled, along with other protocols we put in place in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the CPL’s medical advisory committee, have put us in a fantastic place. However, this is just the start of the process and we will continue to be vigilant as we look to put on a successful tournament. CPL would like to thank all members of the cohort for working so hard to get us to this position.”
The tournament gets underway on 18 August and will see 33 games played at two venues in Trinidad. The first match will see last year’s runners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, take on the Trinbago Knight Riders. The final will take place on 10 September.
ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:
First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. There was a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million during the 2019 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2019 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$136million. Barbados Tridents are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouk’s and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2020 tournament will take place in Trinidad & Tobago between 18 August and 10 September. For further information visit www.cplt20.com
For further information please contact:
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Head of PR and Communications
Hero Caribbean Premier League