On August 24, 2013, the Jamaica Tallawahs walked away as the inaugural champions of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket Tournament.
The competition which was heavily promoted and set to be packed with excitement and memorable experiences ahead of its July 30 kick-off date caught the attention of many, more notably that of Hollywood-actor Gerald Butler and founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.
Branson expressed his interest in the event, which served to be a delightful mixture of sports and entertainment, by offering these words:
“With cricket fever in full swing, I am delighted to announce Virgin as an official partner of the Antigua Hawksbills in this year’s new Limacol Caribbean Premier League. Twenty20 cricket is always an exciting competition – but in the Caribbean it will surely be the greatest party in sport.
I’m looking forward to heading over to Antigua to watch the game against the Barbados Tridents on 13th August. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with Sir Viv and it will be one of the last chances to see the great Ricky Ponting bat, alongside some top West Indies talents like Marlon Samules and Kieron Powell.
The carnival atmosphere in the stadium has to be seen to be believed, and we are planning a few special Virgin touches to ensure the party goes on long into the night, long after the game is over.”
While Branson cheered on his favourite, Antigua Hawksbills, it was Butler who helped the Jamaica Tallawahs, his favourite, to lift the champions’ trophy when the dust settled (LOL).
But, in light of such wonderful development of the sport in the Caribbean, do you think we can move forward as a unified body, West Indies, to once again run the creases of the world?Read More