The third edition of the Vincy Premier League T20 (VPL T20 3.0) is set to be officially launched on May 10 at the Arnos vale Sporting Complex, and newly installed President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association, Romel Currency, is determined to make it another success.
Currency, overseeing his first major event as President, described the VPL T10 3.0 as an event that is to be embraced, given its local, regional and international impact.
“The VPL, since its inception in May of 2020, has really grown on us as a people and has also created a lot of interest. We are very grateful for the stakeholders who saw it fit to give of their time and resources to ensure the VPL is a continued success,” Currency said recently.
The President acknowledged that the VPL comes at a time when the country is battling COVID-19 and the aftermath of the recent explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, and admitted to how difficult it has been with people displaced, including cricketers.
He, however, was optimistic, saying, “I am proud to say that we are a strong and deliberate set of people and we are determined to move forward.”
He urged all managers, coaches as well as players to give of their best, advancing the view that “this tournament represent a lot to us… we can bring a sense of normalcy in these trying times.”
The Presidents expressed special recognition of “the title sponsor- Dream Eleven in India, our broadcast partner- ITFX, the Government and the member of the present SVGCA executive, for making another edition of the VPL possible.
Meanwhile VPL Tournament Director- Dr. Kishore Shallow said the draft (of players) is a clear indication the VPL 3.0 is going to be a reality.
While noting the circumstances thrown up by COVID-19 and the eruption of La Soufrière, Dr. Shallow expressed the view that, “….this will be an opportune time to have the VPL 3.0 tournament so that we can bring some light, joy and some positivity to St Vincent and the Grenadines, the wider Caribbean and the world. We are hoping it will be one of the achievements that we are going to have at the end of the tournament.”
Shallow disclosed that the plan is to “provide enough footage of the current situation,” and alluded to VPL 3.0 as an opportunity to be used “to show our resilience.”
Source : Ian Allen for the Vincentian