Caribbean Premier League

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Caribbean Premier League
Countries  West Indies
Administrator West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2013
Last tournament 2017
Next tournament 2018
Tournament format Group stage and knockout
Number of teams 6
Current champion Jamaica Jamaica Tallawahs (2nd title)
Most successful Jamaica Jamaica Tallawahs (2 titles)
Most runs Trinidad and Tobago Lendl Simmons (712)
Most wickets Jamaica Krishmar Santokie (33)
2017 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.[1] It is currently sponsored by Hero MotoCorp and is officially titled the Hero CPL.[2] The inaugural tournament was won by the Jamaica Tallawahs who defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.[3]


Twenty20 domestic cricket first appeared in an organized manner in the West Indies in 2006 with the privately organized Stanford 20/20. The second and last edition of the Stanford competition was officially made part of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) calendar in 2008, after which the tournament ended when its sponsor Allen Stanford was charged with fraud and arrested in June 2009. The next organized Twenty20 competition came about with the creation of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament by the WICB. The Caribbean Twenty20 was created to fill the gap left by the end of the Stanford 20/20 and to coincide with the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which started less than two months after. The top domestic team from the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament qualified for the Champions League as the sole representative of the West Indies.[4]

The WICB first announced the plans for the Caribbean Premier League in September 2012 when it was revealed that the board was "in the advanced stages of discussions to have a commercial Twenty20 league in the region" with an unnamed investor and hoped to conclude a deal before 30 September.[5] On 14 September, the board met to make decisions on the structure and organization of the Caribbean Twenty20 CPL Schedule in January; to discuss the governance structure of the board and also discuss the planned commercial Twenty20 league and to finalize its structure. The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) were also to be brought in to discuss issues pertaining to players in relation to the planned T20 league.[6] On December 13, 2012, the WICB announced that they had finalized an agreement with Ajmal Khan[7] founder of Verus International, a Barbados-based merchant bank, for the funding of the new franchise-based Twenty20 league to be launched in 2013.[8] It was then expected that the new Caribbean Premier League was likely to comprise six Caribbean city-based franchises as opposed to the current territorial set-up with the majority of the players are to come from the West Indies. As part of the agreement, the WICB will receive additional funding from Verus International for additional retainer contracts for players in addition to the 20 annual retainer contracts the board currently funds.[9]

Dates for the tournament were confirmed for the 2013 Caribbean Premier League as 29 July to 26 August. The 2014 and 2015 tournaments took place between 5 July to 10 August and 21 June to 26 July respectively and the 2016 tournament took place between June 29 to August 7.[10]


Six teams competed in the first CPLT20 tournament in 2013 – Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinidad and Tobago 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.[11]

Salary cap[edit]

As of 30 December 2015, the Caribbean Premier League's salary cap is $780,000. This was an increase implemented for the 2016 draft, from the previous cap of $600,000.[12]


The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each, including a maximum of five international players and four players under the age of 23.[13] Each team has one local and one international franchise player.[1] The draft occurred on 5 June 2013.[14]

Team Captain Head coach Franchise players
Local International
Current teams
 Barbados Tridents Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard India Robin Singh Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard Pakistan Shoaib Malik
 Guyana Amazon Warriors Trinidad and Tobago Denesh Ramdin Guyana Roger Harper Barbados Dwayne Smith Pakistan Sohail Tanvir[15]
 Jamaica Tallawahs Jamaica Chris Gayle England Paul Nixon Jamaica Chris Gayle New Zealand Daniel Vettori
 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Jamaica Marlon Samuels South Africa Eric Simons Trinidad and Tobago Lendl Simmons South Africa Faf du Plessis
 St Lucia Zouks Saint Lucia Darren Sammy Saint Kitts and Nevis Stuart Williams Saint Lucia Darren Sammy Australia Shane Watson
 Trinbago Knight Riders Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo Australia Simon Helmot Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo New Zealand Brendon McCullum
Defunct teams
 Antigua Hawksbills Jamaica Marlon Samuels Australia Tim Nielsen Jamaica Marlon Samuels Australia Brad Hogg


Jamaica Saint Kitts Saint Lucia United States of America
 Jamaica Tallawahs  St Kitts and Nevis Patriots  St Lucia Zouks
Sabina Park Warner Park Darren Sammy Stadium Central Broward Regional Park
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 20,000
Warner Park Cricket Stadium.jpg Beausejour Stadium Cricket St Lucia.jpg CBRegionalPark.jpg
Trinidad Trinidad Barbados Guyana
 Trinbago Knight Riders  Barbados Tridents  Guyana Amazon Warriors
Queen's Park Oval Brian Lara Stadium Kensington Oval Providence Stadium
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000
Queens Park Oval Eastern Side.jpg Brian Lara Stadium.jpg Kensington Oval yes.jpg Providence Stadium outside.jpg


Caribbean mobile network Digicel was named as the first global sponsor for the inaugural 2013 tournament and beyond in a multi-year deal.[16] 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.[17]

Following the acquisition of the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise owner, Dr. Ranjisingh ’Bobby’ Ramroop’s New GPC Inc, specifically its Limacol brand, has assumed the title sponsorship of the CPL.[2]

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.”[18]

El Dorado Rum has been named as an official partner of the inaugural tournament, and sponsors the tournament’s Catch of the Match award, which goes to one player in each game who makes a thrilling catch.[19]

Tournament results[edit]

Tournament Final Matches
Venue Winners Result Runners-up
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis Jamaica Jamaica Tallawahs
95 for 1 (12.5 overs)
Tallawahs won by 9 wickets
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
93 all out (20 overs)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
178 for 5 (20 overs)
Red Steel won by 20 runs
 Barbados Tridents
158 for 4 (20 overs)
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis  Barbados Tridents
152 for 6 (20 overs)
Tridents won by 8 runs (D/L)
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
107 for 4 (15.5 overs)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad  Jamaica Tallawahs
129 for 3 (17.3 overs)
Tallawahs won by 7 wickets
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
128 for 5 (20 overs)

Team performances[edit]

Team 2013 2014 2015 2016
 Antigua Hawksbills 5th 6th DNP DNP
 Barbados Tridents 3rd W R 5th
 Guyana Amazon Warriors R R 3rd R
 Jamaica Tallawahs W 3rd 4th W
 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots DNP DNP 6th 6th
 St Lucia Zouks 6th 5th 5th 4th
 Trinbago Knight Riders 4th 4th W 3rd

Television rights and sponsorships[edit]

Broadcasting rights[edit]


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