<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sabina Park" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130216165916.jpg" title="Sabina Park" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The flood lights will be tested during the inaugural season of Caribbean Premier League © Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Kingston (Jamaica): Feb 16, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Flood Lights will be installed at Jamaica's famed cricket venue, Sabina Park, in time to allow night matches in the inaugural <a href="/tags/Caribbean-Premier-League/post" target="_blank">Caribbean Premier League</a> set to begin in July.<br /> <br /> Both the West Indies Cricket Board (<a href="/tags/WICB/post" target="_blank">WICB</a>) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (<a href="/tags/JCA/post" target="_blank">JCA</a>) have expressed confidence that an agreement on funding is close and that an announcement will be made soon.<br /> <br /> The WICB and the JCA, who have been holding talks on a joint public private sector funding plan, say the installation budget is around $1.7 million.<br /> <br /> "At this moment the JCA have been in discussion with the ministries of tourism and sports and a number of agencies that support those ministries. It [getting the lights in time] can be done and in another week or two there should be an announcement," said WICB vice-president Whycliffe Cameron.<br /> <br /> "I think they (JCA) are very close to tying down the funding. It will not be totally supported by government...they are also getting private sector involved."<br /> <br /> The CPL had announced that Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and St Lucia are the front-running territories from which they will choose franchise teams.<br /> <br /> Of those territories, Jamaica remains the only one without lighting facilities, a requirement for hosting matches in the July 29 to August 26 competition.<br /> <br /> "The JCA is aware of the developments regarding the planned start of the CPL, and as such has subsequently redoubled and fast-tracked its efforts to have floodlights installed at our main venue Sabina Park," said Fritz Harris, Secretary of the JCA.<br /> <br /> "Our main concern is to sign off on funding and to ensure that there is a capable maintenance plan that can satisfactorily take care of whatever investments are made."<br /> <br /> Officials have been working on a business plan that involves 20 years to repay and transforming Sabina Park into a multi-purpose venue.<br /> <br /> "We have asked for a generous repayment period of about 20 years. I'm not directly involved, but I've helped to put the whole package together. It's a very sustainable business plan put forward, so we are hoping that the [Jamaican] government may fund it, but repayments would come from the private sector and from funds generated from the Park itself," said Cameron.<br /> <br /> "Sabina Park will be transformed from a cricket stadium to a multi-purpose facility. That's the only way things will work. It can't be that it is used only a few times per year [for cricket]."<br /> <a href="/tags/Sabina-Park/post" target="_blank">Sabina Park</a> was among a list of international venues renovated for the region's hosting of the 2007 ICC World Cup.<br /> <br /> However no lights were installed, and despite talks of its implementation over the years, the lack of lighting has forced the country to be overlooked for staging night matches.