Pete Russell Appointed CPL CEO

The Hero Caribbean Premier League now has a new Chief Executive Officer who is Pete Russell. Before he was appointed, he was still part of the team since the tournament’s inception serving as the Chief Operating Officer. 

Russell has held this position on the operational side of the Hero CPL for the last eight years. During this period, the league has grown and developed to become one of the most-watched T20 tournaments in the world. His other most significant role Russell played is in securing commercial partnerships, broadcast deals, and building strong and productive relationships with government across the region. 

The Hero CPL’s chairman, Richard Bevan, confirmed that Pete would be the tournament’s CEO. He admitted that he contributed to the league’s success for the last eight years up-to-date and he was the perfect candidate for this role. Bevan also added that Russell has experience from within the business of the world-class sport and detailed knowledge of the Hero CPL and Caribbean cricket. Therefore they are looking forward to the continued success of the Hero CPL’s success in the future. 

The CPL starting dates have been changed to now begin from August 25 to September 15. Initially, the tournament was supposed to take place from August 28 to September 19. However, the league was postponed to ensure it does not clash with the Indian Premier League. This way, the remainder of the postponed 2021 IPL will be wrapped up. 

The rescheduling of the CPL will allow West Indies players to participate in the Indian Premier League. Windies’ players such as Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, and Andre Russell are a significant part of their respective squads in the IPL and attract many eyeballs with their terrific styles of playing. 

Meanwhile, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who plays for Trinibago Knight Riders, will now play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for this season. The Knight Riders have retained their primary team, including the spinners Sunil Narine, Akil Hossein, and Khary Pierre. However, the Knights have released the New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert while Ramdin has been returned to his previous position. 

With Russell’s great experience, he will be leading the Hero CPL team as they prepare for the 2021 tournament. There will be 33 matches to be played this season and will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

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