Chief executive officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League Damien O’Donohoe. (Picture courtesy cplt20)
GEORGETOWN – Organisers of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are disputing statements from top government ministers in Guyana that Trinidad and Tobago have been chosen to host the finals of the CPL.
CPL’s chief executive officer Damien O’ Donohoe said that contrary to public comments from Guyana’s Minister of Finance Winston Jordan and Junior Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, no decision had been made on which country will host the finals.
Media reports from Georgetown had quoted Jordan as saying T&T had outbid Guyana to host the Caribbean showpiece, weeks after his country expressed an interest in the final matches to bolster golden jubilee year celebrations.
“The CPL made a bid, we reviewed it in Cabinet . . . we were to review it again and then we heard that Trinidad outbid us,” Jordan told reporters on Wednesday.
“Of course there will be a degree of disappointment that we are not hosting the finals…We don’t have the reserves of Trinidad first of all and Trinidad would have always been an attractive venue.”
Guyana was offering CPL organisers US$1.5 million to host the finals but reports suggest that the T&T government offered one million more.
“Trinidad bid much higher than us at this stage,” Henry told Demerara Waves Online.
“We can’t match it. There is no way we can match it”.
However, in a statement released yesterday, CPL reported that it was currently negotiating with three countries but a decision had not yet been made.
“The CPL is currently in negotiations with three countries, who are each bidding to host the finals of this year’s CPL,” the release quoted O’ Donohoe as saying.
“Despite recent speculation, no decision has been made regarding the venue and it is hoped that negotiations will be concluded within the next fortnight.”
The CPL, branded the biggest party in sport, runs from June 29 to August 7. (CMC)