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No decision yet on CPL finals venue, talks ongoing- spokesman

Last Updated on Thursday, 5 May 2016, 14:06 by Denis Chabrol

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday rubbished claims by the Guyana government that Trinidad and Tobago has out-bid Guyana to hold the finals and semi-finals of CPL 2016.

CPL spokesman, Peter Breen told Demerara Waves Online News that negotiations were continuing. “No decision has been yet and negotiations are ongoing with each of the governments.”

“It is inaccurate to say that the Trinidad government has out bid anyone, as that is not the case,” said Breen, Head of CPL’s Public Relations and Communications.

Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) hopes that a deal will be struck in another two weeks. “The CPL is currently in negotiations with three countries who are each bidding to host the finals of this year’s CPL. Despite recent speculation, no decision has been made regarding the venue and it is hoped that negotiations will be concluded within the next fortnight,” he said in a brief statement.

Vying for the venue are Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

Senior Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine; Junior Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry and Finance Minister, Winston Jordan all said Wednesday that from all accounts Guyana was out bid by the twin-island nation.Breen did not say by when a decision would have to be made on the venue.

Several weeks ago, government had announced that it would be bidding US$1.5 million to bring the finals to Guyana to coincide with the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

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