REPUBLIC BANK, ALTHOUGH WITH A BARBADIAN BASE, BACKS TRINI TEAM FOR CPL T20 MATCH

(EDITOR’s NOTE; This is what happens when you try to do a blanket sponsor of an event with many countries or components – people are likely to whisper behind your back that you’re no less than Jean & Dinah, Rosita and Clementina and why you don’t go and hang a shingle along Bush Hill by the Garrison late at night? Is Republic for Barbados or Trinidad? More bobol where a Trini entity has fingers in what used to be a Bajan pie… They can’t decide what nationality they really are? This is probably why in the end Banks Holdings ended up with a Brazilian firm as many Bajans didn’t want to see another icon become a new state for the Twin Island Republic, oh well… #gofigure)

When the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket comes to Kensington Oval, Republic Bank Limited – the official Bank of CPL, will be among proud supporters keenly anticipating the on-field heroics, particularly from the Barbados Tridents.

Captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders, Dwayne Bravo autographs a sponsor’s cap for young cricketer, Saveer Rambarran. No Barbados Trident photos submitted…

This is the third year running that Hero CPL has featured Republic Bank, the Caribbean’s largest indigenous banking group, as the tournament’s Official Banking Partner.

Managing Director and CEO, Ian De Souza said the goals of Hero CPL made the Tournament a perfect match for Republic Bank’s corporate social responsibility vision.

Cricket is central to our Caribbean culture and Hero CPL is cricket at its most exciting and inspiring. That’s why Republic Bank is fully supportive of Hero CPL as it inspires our young sportsmen to greater levels of achievement on the field, and revitalises and reenergises Caribbean cricket, while being synonymous with the cultural revitalisation pillar of our Blue Thunder achievement initiative,” De Souza said.

The excitement is certainly at fever pitch as Hero CPL comes to Kensington with the Trinbago Knight Riders leading the standings, as the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs, and Guyana Amazon Warriors stay hot on their heels. Home turf will hopefully be kind to the Barbados Tridents on just four points, ten behind the leaders, and three ahead of last placed St. Lucia Stars.

This smiling young Trinbago Knight Riders fan can wait to get his autographed cap from TKR Captain, Dwayne Bravo. Perhaps Jason Holder needs to outsource Barbados Tridents publicity?

Republic Bank will be doing its part to inspire all the teams and their fans during the Kensington clashes, with prize presentations for the Republic Bank Classic Catch and other prizes and handouts for customers and fans.

The Barbados Tridents will play four games at Kensington beginning on Tuesday, August 29th with a matchup against the Guyana Amazon Warriors; Thursday, August 31st vs. St. Lucia Stars; Saturday, September 2nd will be the major clash against table leading Trinbago Knight Riders; and finally hosting the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Sunday, September 3rd.

Announced in 2015 as the official Bank of Hero CPLT20, Republic Bank outlined a vision for the promotion of regional unity via its CPLT20 sponsorship, creating tangible and intangible economic benefits through the integration and collaboration that naturally result from the staging of a professionally administered international cricket tournament.

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