Photo Credit: Caribbean Premier League
A further round of COVID-19 testing was carried out on Sunday 16 August and all 237 members of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cohort tested negative for the virus. This news comes as the first matches of the tournament take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
All those who travelled into Trinidad for the tournament have now returned four negative tests and local residents who have entered the Hero CPL bubble have tested negative for the second time.
The tournament organisers will carry out further tests throughout the event while also maintaining stringent social distancing protocols to ensure that both they and the wider public in Trinidad & Tobago remain safe and healthy.
Michael Hall, Hero CPL’s Tournament Operations Director, said: “We are very pleased that the plans we put in place in order to make this tournament happen under the most testing of circumstances have meant that we have cricket taking place on the field. As everyone around the world knows, the key now is remaining vigilant and making sure the protocols that we put in place are followed. We are delighted to have got the cricket underway.”
Photo Credit: Facebook photo of Appleton Estate
ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:
First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. There was a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million during the 2019 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2019 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$136million. Barbados Tridents are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouk’s and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2020 tournament is taking place in Trinidad & Tobago between 18 August and 10 September. For further information visit www.cplt20.com