President Ali talks up ‘One Guyana’ at launch
THE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) finals will be hosted by Guyana for the next three years, starting in 2022 as was announced following a launch of the 2022 tournament last evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
This is the first time the Hero CPL finals will be held in Guyana and this long-term staging agreement will see the culmination of the tournament also taking place in Guyana in 2023 and 2024.
His Excellency Dr Mohammad Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, who was present at the launch said, “Cricket is much more than a game for us in Guyana, it is a passion, part of our culture and a unifying force. As we celebrate ‘One Guyana’ the hosting of the CPL finals will be an energising force.”
“We are building a product that will be spectator-focused, integrated with our Regional partners for a global market. Cricket Carnival is a fusion of entertainment and celebration that will be mind-blowing and unbelievably different from any other global cricketing event.
“We welcome all to the greatest celebration of music, pageantry, Caribbean vibes with a South American touch and of course Cricket played loudest.”
This season, Guyana will host seven group games, three knockout matches and the Hero CPL final which will take place on Friday, September 30 at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence.
The Hero CPL finals will be the climax of festivities surrounding these games taking place in Guyana.
The Government of Guyana, in collaboration with the local private sector, will also stage two weeks of events which will form a Cricket Carnival.
This Carnival will celebrate the best that Guyana has to offer, showcasing the music, food and culture of this vibrant and fascinating country.
Over the previous nine seasons of Hero CPL there has been massive support for the tournament from Guyanese fans and the tournament is expecting significant excitement at the prospect of these hugely important matches taking place in the country.
Guyana’s economy is growing rapidly, and the country has a fantastic reputation as a destination for tourists looking for unspoiled nature. The Hero CPL finals will further showcase this wonderful country to a massive global audience – the total viewership for Hero CPL passed the 500 million in both 2020 and 2021.
Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “We are blessed with amazing fans across the Caribbean, and this is very clear whenever we visit Guyana where the atmosphere at Providence is electric.
“The idea of having the Hero CPL finals in front of this wonderful crowd of passionate and knowledgeable cricket fans is a mouth-watering prospect.
“We are very grateful to have such a positive relationship with the government and cricket authorities in Guyana and we thank them for helping us come to this hugely exciting agreement.”