USA news March 2, 2016

Florida to host CPL matches under lights

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Central Broward Regional Park will play host to two CPL matches under floodlights © Peter Della Penna

The first six Caribbean Premier League matches to be played on US soil will include two games under floodlights at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida as well as two weekend doubleheaders to round out the league phase of the tournament, from July 28 to 31.

The CPL organizers announced plans last month to stage six matches in Florida for the upcoming season and sources had told ESPNcricinfo that the games would be held at some point in the final two weeks of July. An advanced copy of the schedule obtained by ESPNcricinfo shows that Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents will feature in the first match in Florida to be played under lights, on Thursday, July 28. The following day, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will take on Trinbago Knight Riders under lights again.

Night matches at the stadium are a major change after the ICC-certified facility initially failed to get clearance in 2010 to have T20Is between New Zealand and Sri Lanka played under floodlights due to a design flaw. The floodlights at the stadium were originally installed too close to the field, creating excessive shadows which were deemed a safety hazard for night time cricket. As a result, both those matches as well as the T20I series in 2012 between New Zealand and West Indies were scheduled for the day time.

However, a series of upgrades and facility renovations were carried out at the stadium in 2013, including a relaying of the turf square. ESPNcricinfo also understands that the stadium floodlight towers were dug up and repositioned to reduce the shadow effect in order to allow for night time cricket to be played at the professional level.

Saturday, July 30, will feature a daytime doubleheader starting at 12 noon local time between St Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs, followed by Tridents against Amazon Warriors. The final day of the group stage on Sunday, July 31 will have another slate starting at noon, beginning with Knight Riders and Patriots, followed by Tallawahs against Zouks.

As for local connections in the rosters, Tridents keeper-batsman Steven Taylor grew up in Miramar, just 18 miles south of the stadium in Lauderhill and turns out regularly to play club cricket in the Florida Southeast Cricket League (FSCL). Recent Tallawahs draftee Timroy Allen is also a Florida resident, though he is based a few hundred miles further north in Orlando.

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

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  •   Motielall Singh on March 7, 2016, 1:10 GMT

    Great news for Florida cricket fans. Hoping the West Indies and Asians in Florida attend in sold out crowds.

    Big up CPL 2016

  • canjepheasant on March 4, 2016, 0:15 GMT

    Love it !!! Excellent Vision and start of AmeriCric. Need some serious advertisement. When will tickets go on sale...

  • timmyj on March 3, 2016, 15:37 GMT

    Sadly, this is a step down from the All-Stars. Playing in what's basically a double-A ground just gonna reinforce the game's stereotype as a second-rate sport. Then there's the critical issue of promotion. I want to hear what's going to be done to attract Americans to these matches...my guess is nothing more than chatting with women from the morning talk shows.

  • Ekansh Aggarwal on March 3, 2016, 10:56 GMT

    The cpl is surely going places and will become a huge t20 league in future

  • amotu on March 3, 2016, 2:26 GMT

    I'm excited to see the demographics of the turnout! Hopefully we'll get some Caucasian Americans in there and not just expats. I would go, but I live in Houston.

  • Robster1 on March 3, 2016, 2:05 GMT

    About time too. Attendances for the WI 20/20's prove the natural audience exists for the game in south Florida.

  •   Mohammed Akib on March 3, 2016, 0:29 GMT

    It's Trinbago Knight Riders, not red steel

  •   Mg Gm on March 2, 2016, 22:18 GMT

    Please save world from global warming. You are looking for crowds to come in evening, but same crowds and future generations has to live in the world. lets save world for living. Ban flood light games.

  •   Amit Shukla on March 2, 2016, 21:54 GMT

    From 2017, CPL should include a Associates team with 7-8 players from USA+Canada and 3-4 Foreigners as a 7th team in CPL

  • suesue on March 2, 2016, 20:34 GMT

    I glad that the cpl is growing

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