Caribbean Premier League
|Caribbean Premier League|
|Administrator||Caribbean Premier League|
|Tournament format||Group stage and knockout|
|Number of teams||6|
|Qualification||Champions League Twenty20|
|2014 Caribbean Premier League|
The Caribbean Premier League (abbreviated to CPL or CPLT20) is an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament held in the Caribbean. It was created in 2013 and replaced the Caribbean Twenty20 as the premier Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean. It is currently sponsored by Limacol and thus officially titled the Limacol CPL. . The inaugural tournament was won by the Jamaica Tallawahs who defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.
Many persons are of the view that the CPL was founded to stop the dominance of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Cricket Team. Baldath Mahabir, an executive member of the TTCB and director on the West Indies cricket Board was more fortright.
“Let’s be strong on this. When this team loses we run the risk of international damage to our reputation and our proud brand.These players are not representing an official Trinidad and Tobago team,” Mahabir, president of the First Citizens Clarke Road United Premier League team said.
Mahabir said the records and statistics of the Limacol CPL will not be recorded and credited to Trinidad and Tobago. He said the matches will not count as TT matches. Mahabir emphasised that TT is a sovereign state, not a city or provincial town and the TTCB has registered its disappointment on the “frivolous way” the CPL is treating local cricket administrators.
Mahabir pointed out that when the Red Steel loses, Trinidad and Tobago’s worldwide reputation will take a major hit and local fans will be in uproar especially those unclear about the significant difference between the teams.
Andre Baptiste puts it bluntly in his column for the Trinidad Guardian:
If one was honest and not speculative, it could be garnered that the purpose of this CPL tournament was to curtail the success of T&T in T20 tournaments both regionally and internationally. It has become obvious that T&T possessed the best players in the region for this version of the game and the success of these players financially has led to further incentive for the youth in this country to want to emulate them. However, T&T’s success has caused a lot of pain elsewhere in the Caribbean and especially it seems in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) meeting rooms, where it would appear this serration of a product called CPL was conceived, then carried in the bellies of these men with agendas until they could find a father, willing to spend with the tale of earnings as an encouragement. Because, there was no possible chance that Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana or any country in the region could upset T&T in a league and knockout format, the idea to disband the team became urgent.
It is totally unfair, as well, that the team based in T&T, has to do without the following players, Keiron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Reyard Emrit, and Shannon Gabriel, needless to say, the teams with these players, the Tridents based in Barbados and the Amazon Warriors based in Guyana are currently leading the standings and Red Steel, the team based in T&T is last. Ravi Rampaul is injured otherwise he would be playing for Jamaica with Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Danza Hyatt. This has left a bitter taste in the mouth of many in this country and in my most recent Isports radio programmes, 95 per cent of the cricketing public are upset at the format and the fact that T&T is at a clear disadvantage in this format. 
Six teams competed in the first CPLT20 tournament in 2013 – Jamaica Tallawahs, Red Steel, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills. The CPL T20 tournament is played between six teams and is divided into a group stage and a knockout stage. In the group stage, the teams each play ten matches overall, three of which are at home. This unusual format occurs because all six teams are co-located at a single playing site for five sequential matches of the tourney, then the whole tournament moves to a new location for five more games (and so on). Six stadiums are used (see Venues below), each a home field for one of the teams. The playoff stage includes two semi-finals and a final to determine the winner of the tournament. All three of the elimination playoff games will be played at Queen's Park Oval.
The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each, including a maximum of four international players and four players under the age of 23. Each team has one local and one international franchise player. The draft occurred on 5 June 2013.
|Jamaica Tallawahs||Antigua Hawksbills||St Lucia Zouks|
|Sabina Park||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||Beausejour Stadium|
|Capacity: 20,000||Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 15,000|
|Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel||Barbados Tridents||Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Queen's Park Oval||Kensington Oval||Providence Stadium|
|Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 28,000||Capacity: 15,000|
Caribbean mobile network Digicel was named as the first global sponsor for the inaugural 2013 tournament and beyond in a multi-year deal. As previous sponsors of the West Indies cricket team and the Digicel Caribbean Cup the brand has considerable experience with sponsoring cricket and other sporting events throughout the Caribbean. “The CPL is a perfect fit for Digicel. We’re huge fans of West Indies cricket and this is a great opportunity for us to invest not only in what will be an amazing event, but also in the young cricketers who will benefit from around the region,” stated Digicel Group Marketing Operations Director Kieran Foley.
In June 2013 Courts plc announced their sponsorship of the Caribbean Premier League “CPL’s partnership with Courts is a very strategic and beneficial one to both parties, and we are thrilled about the possibilities that exist for us from a marketing perspective,” said CPL CEO Damien O’ Donohoe. “Combining our advertising and marketing programmes with that of Courts will heighten the awareness of CPL across the region, and increase fan support, which will put people in the stands at matches and customers in the aisles of Courts.”
El Dorado Rum has been named as an official partner of the inaugural tournament. El Dorado will not only be the rum of choice for this landmark event, but will also sponsor the tournament’s Catch of the Match award. This award will go to one player in each of the 24 matches who makes a thrilling catch in the game, demonstrating the spirit of the tournament and the El Dorado brand.
In 2013, at CPL some of the most respected and talented cricketers in the world aligned with the league including West Indies star players Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine.
Joining them at CPL 2013 were many more high profile international players including Ricky Pointing.
There are also two Hollywood stars as shareholders in CPL franchises
– Mark Wahlberg – Barbados Tridents
– Gerard Butler – Jamaica Tallawahs (reigning champions)
The inaugural CPLT20 tournament in Summer 2013 was perceived as a resounding success with top West Indies and International players playing to capacity crowds fuelled by a natural party atmosphere and entertainment from top acts in the Caribbean.
Over 240,000 spectators attended games in the 6 host countries and there was a global TV audience of 36 million homes.
An independent study showed an economic impact of $106 million for the Caribbean region as a result of the CPL Tournament.
|Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad|| Jamaica Tallawahs
129 for 3 (17.3 overs)
|Won by 7 wickets
| Guyana Amazon Warriors
128 for 5 (20 overs)
|Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||Scorecard||30|
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