US the right market for CPL, says DaSilva

Friday, August 24, 2018

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) — Former president of the Nassau New York Cricket Association, Paul DaSilva wants to see more Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games played in the United States.

DaSilva, a Guyanese-born US citizen, told the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday he believed the CPL had the power to increase the sport's popularity in that country and called for more stadia to be built in other areas where there is a strong West Indian community.

“I just brought my family out for a little entertainment. We love cricket and watch cricket all around the world… The interest is very high because of the expats from all over the world, especially the hotbeds like Florida, New York, California, New Jersey, and Chicago,” he said, as he watched the Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at Central Broward Regional Park on Sunday.

“CPL, because of the Caribbean community, always attracts a good crowd, but for the future, teams like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have many (fans) here too…It's not where we want it to be, but it's growing. It's sporadic, but it's growing.”

DaSilva said more facilities like Central Broward Regional Park could expand the game and elevate interest through visibility.

Additionally, he explained that the CPL fits seamlessly into the average American's daily schedule.

“Certainly (Central Broward Park) it's the best that we have right now in the US, but there are plans to build more, especially in the north-east.

“This is the dream. In America we're busy but at the end of the day, you get home at five in the afternoon, have dinner, and you can go out and watch a game after till midnight,” DaSilva opined.

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