Mayor Richard J Kaplan believes the CPL matches will go on despite attempts to stop them    Getty Images
Mayor Richard J Kaplan believes the CPL matches will go on despite attempts to stop them Getty Images

The USA Cricket Association has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop six Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches from being played in Lauderhill. The lawsuit was filed in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County, Florida. The CPL matches were to be held at the Central Broward Regional Park in a span of four days, from July 28 to July 31. The USACA has argued that proper sanctioning process was not followed to organise games in USA. According to the court filings which were accessed by ESPNcricinfo, Broward County, Broward County parks & recreation, CBRP parks and recreation manager Duncan Finch and Lauderhill Mayor Richard J Kaplan were the defendents. READ: AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell to leave CPL 2016 mid-way

The plaintiffs included USACA, former USACA executive secretary Kenwyn Williams and current USACA vice-president Owen Grey. Williams had directly filed the lawsuit, listing himself as ‘Managing Director’ of USACA. However, the USACA has no formal paid or board position as such by that title and Williams is not listed as a staff member on their website either.

Mayor Kaplan meanwhile, was of the view that Williams’ attempt to try and stop the CPL matches would fail and the show will go on. He said, “I am very confident that the injunction will fail and the games will proceed since USACA is not the sanctioning body for international games in the US,” as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. He added, “That authority is exclusively controlled by the ICC which authorised the games. This lawsuit demonstrates the problems that we have had trying to schedule international games within the US and I thank the ICC in taking the action that they have.”