The inaugural Caribbean Premier League does not start until July, but it will be on air from as early as June via a weekly television programme – CPLT20 TV – that is being filmed in each of the six franchise countries where the T20 cricket tournament will be played.
In six half-hour episodes, fans around the region will be taken behind the scenes, and get up close and personal with the families, friends and officials who have played a part in making the CPLT20 a reality.
Barbados company Merville Lynch Productions has teamed up with Line & Length Network Producer Barry Wilkinson to capture and document the historic coming together of the CPLT20.
When the first episode airs at the end of June, following the ICC Champions Trophy, it will be shown weekly on terrestrial TV Stations in Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago and in many other countries soon to be announced, leading up to the first ball of the tournament on July 30.
“The amount of excitement and anticipation that is already being felt in the islands for the CPLT20 is unbelievable,” said Wilkinson on location in Kingston, Jamaica.
“We just interviewed the former Jamaican Prime Minister, The Most Honourable PJ Patterson who made some stunning revelations; last week we toured through Santa Cruz in Trinidad & Tobago with Dwayne and Darren Bravo’s parents and basically we have been capturing the key ingredients to making this tournament happen,” he said.
Wilkinson said the CPLT20 Show will also take viewers to Antigua, Barbados, Guyana and St. Lucia and look back at some historic moments in cricketing history that has made each of these countries unique.
“CPLT20 TV” will also feature such personalities as Curtly Ambrose, Sylvester Joseph, Marlon Samuels, Herchelle Gibbs and Tino Best.
“It will be fun! We will take fans on a journey during each programme to ensure that when the first ball is bowled on July 30th, they will indeed come out to play,” said Wilkinson enthusiastically.
The first ever Caribbean Premiere League begins on Tuesday, 30 July with 24 matches played across six Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.
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