Caribbean Premier League confirms US return in 2017

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 cricket competition has secured approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to return to the US later this year.

All fixtures will be played at the Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, after the CPL also played six games at the venue last year.

The CPL said that the 2016 matches generated almost $12.6m (€11.9m) into the local Florida economy and attracted a total television audience of 12.7 million. The league also invested approximately $1.7m, with the combined visitor spend of $4.8m being the highest in the entire 2016 season.

Details of this year’s fixtures, including the number of games and the teams that will feature, will be announced in due course. The 2017 CPL season runs from August 4 to September 10.

Damien O’Donohoe, chief executive of the CPL, said: “In excess of 30,000 fans packed our American leg of matches in 2016, with over half of those attendees travelling south from New York and as far west as Texas and Los Angeles.

“This indicates a huge appetite for the game across North America and we welcome the opportunity to play our part in USA cricket’s future plans. We have committed to a community outreach programme to ensure the impact of the CPL goes beyond the field of play.”

The ICC, the sport’s global governing body, acted as the approving authority for the games, whilst the United States of America Cricket Association’s membership of the ICC remains suspended.