Ground staff to benefit from CPL incentive award
In making the announcement, CPL Director of Cricket Operations, Michael Hall confirmed that Crafton was the right man for the job which has been created in an effort to improve the overall pitch and outfield quality for the tournament and to allow for the transfer of his knowledge to curators across the region.
Michael Hall said; “Kent has been the curator at the Beausejour Cricket Ground which opened in 2002 and, since then, the venue has won several best pitch and outfield competitions during his tenure. He has assisted other regional venues with pitch and outfield preparation ahead of their hosting of international games – including Grenada and Dominica, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the pitch square ahead of Windsor Park’s debut as an international venue. Having attended several curators’ workshops, most recently one hosted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai in 2012, Kent is certainly equipped to share his experiences and knowledge with his counterparts across the region.”
Crafton was delighted to be involved, and indicated that he was ready to roll out his work plan ahead of the 2014 edition of the CPL, he said; “When Michael approached me earlier this year, I happily accepted the offer. Working with an event which enjoys such a high profile as the CPL gives me a chance to put what I have learned into practice on a regional level. I am really looking forward to working with my fellow curators at the other host venues to implement the types of remedial and maintenance programmes which will produce good wickets for the tournament,” said Crafton.
Hall also announced the creation of a cash award for the ground staff which is adjudged to have produced the best pitch and outfield during the competition, he explained; “We want as many people who are involved in the Limacol CPL to have a chance to be impacted by it – and the members of the ground staff are no different. We will be offering a cash incentive to be shared by the winning crew, and we will be asking the umpires who – apart from the players – are closest to the action, to rate the venues based on criteria which will be provided to them ahead of the tournament.”
The Limacol CPL, the biggest party in sport, is set to return in July and August of this year.