Antigua and Barbuda Falcons replace Jamaica Tallawahs as new CPL franchise

The cricket community is abuzz with excitement following the introduction of a new team to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Antigua and Barbuda Falcons. The announcement, made on February 20th at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, heralds a new era for the highly anticipated cricket league after the Jamaica Tallawahs withdrew their participation.

The exit of the Jamaica Tallawahs from the CPL came to light when Kris Persaud, a Florida-based businessman who owned a major stake in the team, disclosed his inability to sustain the franchise due to financial shortcomings. This development led the CPL organizers to decommission the Tallawahs franchise and spurred the search for a worthy replacement to balance the league.

Stepping in to fill the gap is the Antigua and Barbuda Falcons, owned by Worldwide Sports Management Group. Persaud, who also has ties with the ownership group, expressed his enthusiasm for the new team. He assures fans that the Falcons are set to infuse the league with fresh vigor and an eagerness to excel. According to reports by Cricbuzz, Persaud declared the readiness and ambition of the new team, “We are brand new; we are here, we are ready… let’s get ready to play! The Antigua & Barbuda Falcons will bring a unique energy and vitality to the CPL.”

Persaud has grand visions not only for on-field success but also for establishing a culture of victory that resonates through every facet of the franchise. He emphasized his commitment to fostering this ethos within the team dynamics as well as among individuals associated with the team and its passionate fan base. Home games will be held at the picturesque Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, amplifying the sense of community and home-ground advantage for the Falcons.

During the unveiling of the Antigua and Barbuda Falcons, Persaud expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda. The collaboration with governmental authorities played a significant role in breathing life into the new franchise. “What you are witnessing today as we unveil the Antigua & Barbuda Falcons, is something truly special,” Persaud acknowledged. He tipped his hat to the rich cricket legacy of Antigua, confident that the newcomers will carve their history on these celebrated shores.

The addition of the Falcons marks a strategic move by the CPL to continue growing the league’s prominence in the world of T20 cricket. As the CPL paves the way forward, the new franchise stands poised to galvanize both players and fans with its ambitious and enterprising spirit.

The CPL is set to continue its tradition of exhilarating cricket with the 2024 edition scheduled to run from August 28 to October 6. High expectations are set for the tournament, with the pinnacle match, the summit clash, to take place at The National Stadium in Providence, Guyana. Enthusiasts of cricket are looking forward to witnessing if the Antigua and Barbuda Falcons will live up to Persaud’s promising words and soar high in their inaugural season, setting a precedent for years to come in the CPL.

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