Grenada to host Caribbean Premier League opener

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The Guyana Amazon Warriors and Antigua Hawksbills will contest the opening fixture of this year's Caribbean Premier League.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors and Antigua Hawksbills will contest the opening fixture of this year's Caribbean Premier League at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on 11 July.

All six teams – Guyana, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Barbados Tridents, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks – will take the field during the first weekend of the West Indies' premier domestic Twenty20 competition.

"Grenada is delighted to host the opening of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League, and we're looking forward to showing off 'Pure Grenada' to the world," said minister for youth, sports and religious affairs of Grenada Emmalin Pierre.

"Grenadians are a sociable, welcoming and fun-loving people, so it's going to be a fantastic occasion – on and off the pitch – and we're going to make sure the CPL feels right at home on the Spice Isle."

The Tallawahs, completed by the services of international signings Kumar Sangakkara, Vernon Philander and Muttiah Muralitharan, are the reigning champions – on the back of a comfortable seven-wicket win over the Amazon Warriors in August 2013's final.

"The 2014 staging of the CPL should be no less exciting than the inaugural edition and we know the kind of atmosphere this version of the game can generate," added West Indies Cricket Board president Whycliffe Cameron.

This year's final will be held on 16 August. The full list of fixtures will be announced later this month.

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