The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament announced itself to the world with a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, smiling school children, beautiful dancers, screaming fans, pulsating music, fireworks and pyrotechnics that was streamed live on the Limacol CPL website (www.cplt20.com) and broadcast around the globe.
The beauty and charisma of the Caribbean was on full display as a caravan of carnival revelers made their way around Kensington Oval in front of a sold out crowd, swaying to soca music, waving flags and celebrating the onset of the greatest party in sport.
A crowd favourite was the 450 awestruck, costumed junior revellers who paraded and danced alongside 90 school children wearing the kits of the six franchise teams, as the fans waved their flags and cheered.
The evening’s only moment of ceremony was the playing of the six countries’ national anthems by a steel band which elicited cheers from the very excited crowd.
Highlights included the performance of the theme song “How We Play” by soca and dancehall artistes KES and Konshens and short concerts from both Konshens and soca diva Alison Hinds who left the crowd wanting more.
The striking Limacol Caribbean Premier League ‘Roots’ trophy was also unveiled by Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel and Owner of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League and Dave Cameron, President of the West Indies Cricket Board who was joined by Sir Garfield Sobers, LCPL Ambassador, Ajmal Khan, Founder of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League and Chairman of Verus International and LCPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe.
The ceremony was followed by a very exciting first match which saw the host team Barbados Tridents emerge victorious over the St Lucia Zouks, winning by 17 runs (169-5).
Photos from the opening ceremony and match can be found on www.cplt20.com/photos.