The “biggest party in sport” sails into Florida Thursday at the 2016 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket season plays the final six games of its group stage, all of which will stream live from Lauderhill, as the festive CPL makes its United States debut in an attempt to expose its high-octane, colorful version of the sport to what organizers believe is an untapped U.S. cricket market.
And at least two of the world’s top cricket stars, Jamaica Tallawahs captain and West Indies slugging top-order batsman Chris Gayle, believe that the time is right for American audiences to take to the game that has been a way of life in the Caribbean islands not far from the east coast of Florida.
Chris Gayle of Jamacia Tallawahs has hit most sixes in the CPL. With 23 sixes in 8 games, he is leading the list. pic.twitter.com/0t0880mBgM
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“I think the U.S. is cricket-orientated,” Gayle told ESPN. “When you look at the mixed culture here over in the U.S., I think you have a huge cricket base and cricket fans over here as well. I think the cricket from a West Indies point of view has been trying to break into the US market for years now.”
In 2012, the West Indies team played a pair of T20 matches against New Zealand and drew a crowd of 15,000 for the opener.
All six CPL matches in Florida will take place at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, where 10,000 tickets will be considered a sell out. Fans will have the chance to see all six CPL teams in action.
Gayle himself, one of the world’s most feared and exciting batsmen, will be featured in two matches when his Tallawahs take on the St. Lucia Zouks twice, first on Saturday, July 30, and then again on Sunday July 31 as the finale of the 2016 CPL American cricket extravaganza
Watch Chris Gayle in action, smashing five sixes in one over in an earlier CPL match this season, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of each Caribbean Premier League match in Florida, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The first match pits the Barbados Tridents vs. Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific, on Thursday, July 28.
The subsequent matches see the St, Kitts and Nevis Patriots take on the third-place Trinbago Knight Riders at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, July 29, followed by doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
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Saturday kicks off with the Tallawahs vs. Zouks match at noon, followed by Barbados facing Guyana a second time at 4 p.m. Sunday leads off with a noon rematch between Knight Riders and Patriots, and winds up with the returm match between Jamaica and St. Lucia at 4 p.m.
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Every match of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket season is being streamed live online by international sports network One World Sports, which has signed an exclusive U.S. broadcast deal with the CPL for this year. Viewers who already have a subscription to the channel via a cable or satellite service can access a free live stream at this link. For fans who don’t have a One World Sports TV subscription, the online Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports with all 10 remaining Caribbean Premier League matches, and costs a fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
But One World Sports will also offer two other options to receive a live stream of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League, including the entire six-match series to close out group stage play in Florida. For a price of $4.99, fans can subscribe to receive all remaining matches in the fourth Caribbean Premier League season, or pay $3.99 for a 24-hour block of access at this link.
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