Though West Indian cricket seems to have hit a rough patch on the national team front, there’s however no shortage of plans for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
It’s been confirmed that the tournament that will have its fourth edition this season will play half-a-dozen matches in the United States. And while there’s still no official confirmation regarding the venue, it’s widely expected that these matches will be held in the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP) in Lauderhill, in Florida. Though it’s indeed true that the southern American state boasts of a huge West Indian population and as such the venue is quite conducive to the matches being potentially held there, another significant aspect of the venue is that it’s the only ICC-approved venue in the country for one-dayers. Likewise, it’s also the only venue across the United States that has the necessary cricketing infrastructural support.
The CBRP was inaugurated in 2008 at a cost of US$ 70 million. In nearly nine years since then, while there have been held a handful of international matches held at there, the venue also had to face problems from the (now defunct) USA Cricket Association (USACA) that refused to give necessary permission to the venue to host matches. As a result, the CBRP lost out on hosting key international series a couple of years ago, in 2013.
In June 2015 however the ICC stepped in and barred the USACA that also consequentially led to the stripping off of its approving powers. The possibility of these CPL matches being held there are then a positive offshoot of this intervention by the ICC.
Alongside the CPL matches, it’s also being speculated that the venue may see an inflow of key cricketing nations playing. Right at the top of this list is Australia, who’s scheduled to play a tri-series alongside West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean in June this year. According to James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia, this scheduling should make it convenient to have a possible T20 series being hosted at the CBRP.