The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, also the defending champions of the competition, has been bought by Worldwide Sports Management Group, it was announced through a media release on Saturday (July 22).
The fifth edition of the CPL kickstarts from August 4, and will feature six teams. Jamaica Tallawahs will begin their campaign from the second day, facing Barbados Tridents at Lauderhill, Florida – a facility at which Worldwide Sports Management Group have also signed a long-term agreement to host and market international cricket.
Speaking about the acquisition, Mr. Krishna “Kris” Persaud – founder and president of Worldwide Sports Management Group – said, “I would like to especially thank the previous owners and the Hero CPL Team for all of their assistance in making the Tallawahs acquisition a reality, and I wish our mighty strong Tallawahs team all the best in the upcoming 2017 competition.”
CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe welcomed the new owners and gave his best wishes. “We are delighted to welcome Kris Persaud and Worldwide Sports Management Group to the Hero CPL family and look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship with them in both Jamaica and the USA,” O’Donohoe said.
CPL was incepted in 2013, and Jamaica are already two-time winners in just four editions of the tournament. The side boasts of players such as Kumar Sangakkara, Lendl Simmons, Shakib Al Hasan, Imad Wasim, among others. Worldwide Sports Management Group is set to take charge immediately for the upcoming season.