St Kitts and Nevis has become the newest team to join the Caribbean Premier League after the island was awarded a franchise for the 2015 tournament.
The 2014 semi-finals and final were held at Warner Park in St Kitts and the new team has been awarded as a result of strong support from government and local business.
St Kitts and Nevis' Minister of Sports, the Honourable Glenn Phillip, said: "Last year the government of St Kitts and Nevis was delighted to support the CPL by hosting the semi-finals and final as well as a series of neutral games. That partnership reaped great rewards as St Kitts and Nevis enjoyed a significant return on investment. Overall the economy benefited to the tune of $26m, which comfortably exceeded our expectations.
"Hosting the games highlighted that St Kitts and Nevis is home to some of the most passionate cricket fans in the region and having our own franchise team here will be a source of great pride for the people of St Kitts and Nevis, whilst also benefiting local businesses, as fans from around the region and overseas make the journey to watch the games at the Warner Park Stadium. CPL is watched by millions of fans worldwide."
Pete Russell, Chief Executive Officer of CPL, said it was a great opportunity for local players and added: "We have had a wonderful relationship with the government since we first started planning for CPL games in 2014 and we are now able to bring a team to St Kitts and Nevis.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the country as fans get the opportunity to support their own team - we all look forward to the unrivalled passion that will again be evident at the Warner Park Stadium."