The Hero Caribbean Premier League took place successfully between 18 August and 10 September and the league wishes to thank those in Trinidad & Tobago who worked so hard to deliver the first major Twenty20 tournament since the lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament would not have been possible without the work of the Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (SporTT) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) who were in constant contact with the various government agencies who were needed to make the Hero CPL a success. From security, to transport, to the all-important health measures that were put in place to ensure that those who were part of the tournament bubble stayed free of the COVID-19 virus, SporTT and the LOC played a huge role.
The CPL cohort saw 239 people from 18 different countries take part in the event, and the planning that was involved in making this happen was a massive undertaking. With the borders of Trinidad & Tobago currently closed every moment from the arrival of those involved from overseas, to the transport of players and officials, to training and match venues needed to be intricately planned. The Hero CPL, SporTT and the LOC also had to be constant contact with the Ministry of Health in Trinidad & Tobago to ensure that the testing protocols and other measures were implemented and upheld.
Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL said: "We are just starting our review of this year’s Hero CPL and we are already hearing words such as historic and ground-breaking being used to describe it. We would like to warmly thank our partners and co-organisers in the venture, the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (SporTT) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). While the cricketers will always be the stars of the show, SporTT and the LOC were integral to our delivery of this year’s tournament. From their knowledge of the local landscape to the creation and management of the safety bubble for our players, they played a huge part in Hero CPL happening this year.
“We would like to thank Mr Douglas Camacho who as lead on the LOC and Chairman of SporTT was able to rally government support across several ministries and agencies to keep the players and officials safe and the public entertained through excellent cricket which could have only come out of this sense of security.”