CPL organisers worry over delay in signing venue agreements


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC)-Operations manager of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Carlisle Powell has expressed concern that venue agreements have not yet been signed for the July 30 to August 24 tournament.

Powell says he has been holding meetings with Ministers of Tourism, venue owners and organisers trying to speed-up the process of securing signed agreements.
Venue agreements are to be signed for the six Caribbean countries hosting franchise teams for the inaugural event which has replaced the Caribbean T20 tournament.
“We’re dealing with six different governments,” Powell said during a CPL media conference in Port of Spain Wednesday.
“As a former minister of government (in Nevis), I can tell you things do not always move fast in government.”
Coaches and franchise player assignments for the six teams were unveiled during the news conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
However Powell says he is concerned that venue agreements remain an outstanding issue.
“What I have to do as operations manager now is follow (up) very closely with those governments, because we need venue agreements signed. We are asking for the Ministries of Tourism to partner with us in each of the six franchise locations,” he said.
“Do I wish for anything to have changed? Yes. If I had the choice, all the venue agreements would have been signed a month ago.