There were serious negotiations regarding the venues for the CPL or even playing the tournament at all. I suppose the popularity this tournament generated among Caribbean people, extra effort was put in to gain permission from the Coronavirus medical experts and TT government, whose handling of the Virus was excellent by all standards.

The venue which the players were housed at, was the famous Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain. That in itself was wonderful, but complex, if only because the major challenge of the Covid19 virus was social distancing and a vast number of Cricketers had to cope with the rules.

I was extremely surprised to have read of the conflict of training times for the different teams. One gets the distinct impression that the target was mainly the training time factors for the other teams, especially if it’s left to believe that preference was given to the Trinidad & Tobago franchised squad.


To delve further into that situation is disappointing, seeing that these plans were appearing to be smooth and all was well. The last thing that appeared ready for further dialogue was when and where the teams will train, and what medical procedure has been advised regarding the quarantine time for each team.

Yes, that may well be strange, but there was sufficient time for the organizational process for such a high profile sporting tournament. My thoughts are leading me to believe that the comradery which should exist among the Caribbean players, would be full of confusion, especially with comments reaching the media.

I wish that this situation can be brought to the perfect solution, as the teams prepare themselves for the competition. This may well be challenging without fans cheering them, as they show their sporting skills.

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Honorary Dr.Alvin Corneal HBM. Alvin is one of a handful of sportsmen who represented our national Football (Soccer) and Cricket teams concurrently between 1955 and 1971. He was also a member of the first-ever West Indies Football team which toured England in 1959. He played both sports professionally as a player and a coach to all levels of National Football teams. He had previously held positions as National football Coach of junior and senior teams, Technical Director of the TTFA, Technical Director of Concacaf, and the prestigious positions as FIFA Technical Committee Member and currently, a FIFA Technical Advisor. He is also a presenter/ analyst for Radio and television on all local, regional and International Sports. He is the recipient of a national Award from his country, Trinidad and Tobago for his outstanding service to the people of the region in Sport and ideal Character personality. He was also chosen to receive the Country’s Republic day award for the year 2011. He has been inducted into the Country’s Hall of Fame.