CPL aiming for Canadian expansion

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The Caribbean Premier League is looking to expand their tentacles beyond the region, and are aiming to bring the game to Canada's one cricketing hub, namely Toronto.

The Caribbean Premier League is looking to expand their tentacles beyond the region, and are aiming to bring the game to Canada's one cricketing hub, namely Toronto.

The CPL is starting its second season soon, with a number of top names already signed, including Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Muttiah Muralitharan and Corey Anderson. If all goes well, they will seek an even wider audience in the future.

CPL chief Peter Russell told <i>The Star</i>: "The CPL is looking at how to expand the tournament to service the demand for cricket across North America and the Caribbean.

"We are looking at a number of options as to how best to proceed, and Toronto would obviously be a city we'd be interested in."

Another factor in the WICB's desire to build a foundation in North America is their proposed partnership with the USA's cricket board, which includes brining American players to the WEst Indies for development.

WICB president Whycliffe Cameron said last week: "We are going to be engaged on a day-to-day basis on the three core pillars for development.

""We will rapidly build plans and open up infrastructure for bringing top US players into the West Indian development system, and we are supporting the finalisation of the current USACA governance changes."

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