Ninth CPL T20 tournament was a worthwhile investment, Says Saint Kitts and Nevis Sports Minister
The Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPL T20) economic contribution to Saint Kitts and Nevis will be calculated and published in the coming weeks. However, Sports Minister the Honorable Jonel Powell has said that the successful organization of a major international sporting event during a pandemic has been extremely valuable.
In an interview in Warner Park after the final tournament game won by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Minister Powell noted that the country has set an international precedent and returns have exceeded investment.
“It improves a lot of the relationships that we have already had,” he said, noting the many local, regional and international elements that come into play for such an event. “Part of the arrangement involves the donation of a lot of equipment.”
Having 33 matches in 16 days in one place also gave locals plenty of opportunities to learn from experts around the world. The ground staff at Warner Park were the main beneficiaries.
“CPL would have had one of the best gardeners in the world who would have been here for about three months working with our guys, transferring knowledge, teaching them a little more than they could have known before and I think let all of this add up to the total development of sports here in Saint Kitts and Nevis, ”said the Honorable Powell.
CPL President and CEO Pete Russell also spoke highly of the ground staff, congratulating them on this year’s high-quality tournament.
In addition, a number of local professionals have been engaged to provide services in various fields including marketing, photography and entertainment. The organization of the tournament also coincided with the establishment of the Len Harris Cricket Academy. Additionally, promotional images of the Federation were shown around the world during the tournament, inviting people to visit.
“I have no doubts that the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis have achieved a significant return on their investment,” said Minister Powell.
He said he was proud that Saint Kitts and Nevis continues to be above its weight internationally, noting that this is a testament to the spirit, dedication and resilience of the people.