CPL is rocking the region
No one does it better after dark than those in the Caribbean. Set the sun, ignite the floodlights, crank up the music, let the white ball fly and get ready to party. Welcome to the Caribbean Premier League!
A kaleidoscope of vibrant colour awaits anyone who turns up or tunes in live around the cricketing globe to catch the action. It is like no other. The sensory invasion smacks you right between the eyeballs and suddenly you are swept up by the intoxicating atmosphere.
... And all that after a recent dismal performance in the longer limited overs version against Pakistan. How quickly things are forgotten.
The islands of the Caribbean are united and dedicated to this type of entertainment. It is in the DNA of the local fanatics.
We have just completed the first week of the CPL and the buzz, anticipation and excitement is escalating. Barbados and Guyana played out to full houses. Now the pulsating CPL machine has moved on to St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago respectively.
The doyen of commentators, the silky-voiced Tony Cozier, tells me this level of frenzied activity has only ever happened once before. Stanford.
Initial solid individual commitment backed by a sound business model provided a needed level of security and comfort to get this kick started, but a sponsorship void literally days before the first delivery worried many.
That has all changed now. Almost every morning since my arrival in Barbados my inbox has been pinging with press releases as another sponsor of significance joins the party. Most teams have now been acquired by solid corporations signalling long term intent to rock this region.
Even Mark Wahlberg has come on board as an owner. I expect to see 'Ted' gyrating with the scantily-clad dancing girls soon. As he should!
This infectious vibe of Calypso cricket is proving contagious. Let us all hope that this time around the diagnosed condition is long term.