The stage is all set for the start of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) which begins in Barbados next week.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY chief events officer of the LCPL Barbados office, Paul Skinner, said today that the opening ceremony was going to be a spectacle which cricketing fans and others would greatly appreciate.
“The cricket is being played at the climax of our Crop Over Festival so Barbadians are already in a party mood, and the LCPL is the perfect marriage of sports
and entertainment. We are honoured that Kensington Oval has been chosen to host the opening ceremony. It is our intention to create a spectacle that is befitting a world class sporting event,”, Skinner said.
“There will be a mixture of regional and local entertainers on stage at the opening ceremony, Kes and Konshens who have
recorded the theme song of the tournament will be performing, along with Red Plastic Bag, Alison Hinds and Rupee. In addition there will be the glitz and glamour that is associated with a event of this magnitude, there will also be a display of fireworks,” he added.
According to Springer, spectators attending the matches are in for a treat with cheer leaders and music plus the presence of popular entertainer and humorist Mac Fingall.
Skinner stressed that the entertainment would not detract from the cricket and noted that the LCPL was bringing a new dimension to sports in the region.
“The concept of franchise teams is new to the West Indies and for the first time cricket fans in Barbados and the rest of the region will be watching a cricket match between professional teams,” Skinner said.
He noted that with the mixture of local, regional and international cricketers in the teams, a great deal of information and knowledge would be gained by the younger members of the franchises.
“The young cricketers in the Jamaica Tallawahs will benefit from playing alongside Muttiah Muralitharan the leading wicket taker in test cricket and Ricky Pointing should be an inspiration for his team-mates in the Antigua Hawksbills,” Skinner said.
He described the Barbados Tridents under the leadership of Kieron Pollard as a exciting mixture of experienced and young players.
“Pollard is a dominant force in T20 cricket wherever he has played the game, captivating fans with his dazzling stroke-play and power hitting. Dwayne Smith is also a talented T20 player, he was outstanding in the Indian Premier League this year and I am sure his fans in Barbados and the Caribbean are looking forward to him doing well with the bat and the ball,” Skinner stated.
“Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is another exciting player, he is a talented left-arm player and a fine left-arm spinner. Umar Akmal, the Pakistani batsman is a remarkable cricketer, he was in fine form in the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies and I hope the flow of runs will continue for the Barbados Trident,” Skinner told Barbados TODAY.
“When you add Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Shannon Gabriel, Jonathan Carter, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards and Ashley Nurse, it is clear that the Barbados Tridents will be a formidable unit in the CPL. I am urging the public to come out and support the locally based team and enjoy a new and exciting brand of cricket,” Skinner stressed.