More than 10 000 people are expected to pack Kensington Oval tomorrow when the Barbados Tridents take on the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the Tridents’ final home game of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League.
Events operations officer of the Barbados leg of the LCPL, Paul Skinner, told Barbados TODAY it was anticipated that the huge numbers that watched the opening games of the Twenty20 tournament on Tuesday and Thursday would be surpassed tomorrow. He said approximately 10 000 attended those two games.
“Tickets have basically been sold out and only tickets for the party stand are those still available for Saturday’s game,” Spooner said.
Today, as has been the case over the pat two days, long lines of cricket enthusiasts seeking to purchase tickets were observed outside Kensington Oval.
Skinner could not speak to specific revenue numbers for the Barbados Tridents’ games against St. Lucia Zouks on Tuesday and the Antigua Hawksbills yesterday as the collection of that information was still a work in progress. Adult patrons are being charged an entry fee of $20 with children’s prices at $12. Among those packing the stands have also been sponsors and persons to whom the LCPL has specific obligations.
Skinner said organisers were extremely pleased with the response of the local public to the games. He noted they had been a few minor logistical snags as to be expected in any exercise of the magnitude of the matches but added that generally everything had been going according to plan. He said the response to the LCPL was not only an indicator of the popularity of the Twenty20 cricket format but also as a result
of the marketing and advertising thrust of the LCPL team. “The Limacol Caribbean Premier League is an excellent product which we had to market and we have a very good
group of people who have gone about their work doing just that,” he said.
Skinner said reports out of Guyana had indicated that the Providence match between the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and the Guyana Amazon Warriors earlier in the week had also met with overwhelming crowd support. He noted the presence of the region’s best international cricketers, a number of international stars, as well as many rising West Indian players, provided the ideal attraction for the cricketing public.
The LCPL is the latest Twenty20 franchise event of its kind around the world following on the Indian Premier League – the most lucrative of them all, as well as similar tournaments in Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. Only Pakistan of the Test-playing nations, because of security concerns, have not introduced a Twenty20 franchise cricket event to their domestic programme. (WG)
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