CPL 2017 news April 12, 2017

Florida to host four CPL matches in 2017

Last year, Florida hosted six CPL games © CPL/Sportsfile

Four Caribbean Premier League games will be played in the USA this year, as Florida's Central Broward Regional Park has been approved by the ICC to host the T20 league's matches. The stadium in Lauderhill, which remains the USA's only ground to have ODI and T20I certification by the ICC, will host two matches fewer than last year's tally of six.

CPL officials announced the development after receiving permission from the ICC - who is the approving authority while USACA remains suspended - to host the event in Lauderhill. The 2017 edition of the tournament will be held from August 4 to September 10.

A source at the Central Broward Regional Park has told ESPNcricinfo that the CPL has reserved Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, to play two double-headers beginning at 10am and 2pm each day. However, after the Thursday and Friday matches in 2016 struggled to break 50% capacity, with 10,000 tickets allowed for each game, there are no matches scheduled for weekdays this time around.

In contrast, the two weekend double-headers that followed on July 30 and 31 were played in front of virtual sellout crowds as an overwhelming number of out of town fans came to Lauderhill, particularly from New York and Toronto. The stadium source also told ESPNcricinfo that only four CPL teams will be coming to Florida this summer, rather than all six as was the case last year. It is as yet unknown which two teams will skip the USA leg.

The time slots for the Saturday and Sunday double-headers have also been pushed forward by two hours - the weekend matches in 2016 began at 12pm and 4pm local time - ostensibly in an effort to better capitalise on TV audiences in the Asian subcontinent where the first game would air at 7.30 pm in India and 7pm in Pakistan. This would be similar to the 10am start that the India-West Indies T20I series in Lauderhill followed.

Earlier, ESPNcricinfo had reported that CPL officials had asked Broward County Parks for two sets of week-long time frames to be blocked off in August for possible use for the tournament. The matches in 2016, played in July, were the first revenue-generating cricket to come to the ground in four years and increased interest in the India-West Indies T20I match in the following month.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna

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  • therea5843520 on April 13, 2017, 21:02 GMT

    The whole taking the game to the US is fine. There is an expat market out there and as the article states , fans will fly from Canada to see it. But it is just an Expat market . I live in the U.S and Americans have their sports that they grow up with. Hard to see baseball taking off in India,

  • iamjoh3426044 on April 13, 2017, 19:57 GMT

    Great to see. Can't wait to go to a game.

  • johnthekiwi on April 13, 2017, 12:54 GMT

    @Long Third Leg: I hate to derail your SJW train but I have been on field teams for late phase vaccine trials with indications like rotavirus and dengue. These trials didn't take place in Orange County, Manhattan or Martha's Vineyard. I know sketchy, dodgy and downright dangerous very well. Broward County is sketchy.

  • Tim on April 12, 2017, 19:17 GMT

    Yes, lets see exactly what they have up their sleeve for "community outreach." If it's the same as the last few Lauderhill events it'll be nothing more than bringing out some local kids to flounder around trying to play the game. Looking for something more thought out.

  • JamieCricketUSA on April 12, 2017, 17:58 GMT

    From the CPL media release: "We have committed to a community outreach programme to ensure the impact of the Hero CPL goes beyond the field of play." This is an important footnote to the matches, and I am very interested to see what form that outreach will take. We need to use opportunities like this as a springboard to create new American cricket fans, not just serve the existing fanbase.

  • Tim on April 12, 2017, 17:27 GMT

    Well, let's see, been 12 first class matches at Lauderhill so far and ZERO American interest generated from them. Now we've gonna have four more. Will we get any different results this year? I doubt it. Just entertainment for the expats, while the game goes NOWHERE with Americans.

  • vjamwa5755242 on April 12, 2017, 16:52 GMT

    Sketchy if you've lived under a privileged rock your entire life.

  • johnthekiwi on April 12, 2017, 13:36 GMT

    Well good for them I guess but Broward County in general is a pretty sketchy place. I know there are a lot of places in the Caribbean you don't want to go either but even so. I do hope they have better weather than what I seem to remember it was like last time.

  • amotu18985179 on April 12, 2017, 13:33 GMT

    They ought to make sure Guyana is one of the teams that come. Guyana has most of the American cricketers.

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