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Grenada: Jul 13, 2014
Former West Indian cricketers Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Viv Richards confirmed their support for the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being appointed to the Senior Management Team. While Richards was elected as the Performance Director, Sobers assumed the role of the CPL Brand Ambassador.
Richards expressed satisfaction with the way the tournament was progressing currently and its impact on upcoming talent. “I’ve seen first hand the benefits the CPL has had on the Caribbean. Up and coming youngsters get the chance to play with and against some of the best players in the world, and the next generation of cricketers can cheer on their heroes in packed stadiums,” said the former hard-hitting batsman.
Sobers too shared similar views on the league and its influence outside the Caribbean. “I’m proud to be associated with the CPL, ahead of what promises to be a thrilling 2014 tournament. The CPL has been absolutely fantastic for cricket in the Caribbean, and this year’s tournament looks set to win even more fans across the region, and around the world,” said Sobers.
The CEO of the CPL, Damien O’Donohoe, conveyed happiness with the participation of the legends at the helm of the league. “The support of these two giants of the game is a ringing endorsement for the CPL. The opening weekend showed we’re going from strength to strength, and we will benefit hugely from the vast cricketing expertise that Sir Viv and Sir Garfield will bring,” said O’Donohoe.
The second season of the CPL kicked off on July 11th in Grenada. The opening weekend saw wins Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Red Steel and the Jamaica Tawallahs, for whom skipper Chris Gayle scored the first ever CPL century.
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