T&T to host CPL opener and final

The Hero Caribbean Premier T20 tournament will bowl off in Trinidad when the defending champions the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) comes up against the St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots at 6pm on September 4. 

The venue for this match is still to be decided as General Secretary of Queen's Park Cricket Club Colin Murray said that negotiations are still underway as far as hosting the matches at the Mecca of local cricket.

Last year, TKR played all five of its preliminary round matches at the Queen's Park Oval, while the knockout matches and final took place at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba. 

Meanwhile, for the third successive year, the finals will be played at the Brian Lara Academy in Trinidad.

Four days after bowling off the 2019 CPL, TKR is back in action at home against Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday, September 6 at 8pm followed by a midday start two days later against St. Lucia Stars.

TKR will complete its 'home' round robin matches on September 30 against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and October 2 against the Barbados Tridents. 

Fans in T&T will get a total of seven matches in 2019, which in addition to the five preliminary round-robin matches will include one qualifier (October 10) and the final (October 12).

Also of interest this year, the Tallawahs will be playing their home matches in Jamaica and not in Fort Lauderdale as was the case for the last couple years.

The Jamaican government has come on board as a sponsor to ensure that the people of that country get to see the franchise in their backyard. 

 - by Gyasi Merrique

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