Caribbean Premier League

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Caribbean Premier League
Official Logo of CPL
CountriesWest Indies
AdministratorCricket West Indies (CWI)
First edition2013
Latest edition2020
Tournament formatLeague and play-offs
Number of teams6
Current champion Trinbago Knight Riders (4th title)
Most successful Trinbago Knight Riders (4 titles)
Most runsTrinidad and Tobago Lendl Simmons (2436)
Most wicketsTrinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo (106)
2020 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 Hero MotoCorp and consequently officially named the Hero CPL.[1] The inaugural tournament was won by the Jamaica Tallawahs who defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.[2]


Twenty20 domestic cricket first appeared in an organised manner in the West Indies in 2006 with the privately organised 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 organised 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.[3]

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.[4] On 14 September, the board met to make decisions on the structure and organisation of the Caribbean Twenty20 CPL Schedule in January;[5] to discuss the governance structure of the board and also discuss the planned commercial Twenty20 league and to finalise 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.[4] On 13 December 2012, the WICB announced that they had finalised an agreement with Ajmal Khan[6] founder of Verus International, a Barbados-based merchant bank, for the funding of the new franchise-based Twenty20 league to be launched in 2013.[7] 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.[8]

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 29 June to 7 August.[9]


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 and Brian Lara Stadium .[10]

Salary cap[edit]

As of 30 December 2015, the Caribbean Premier League's salary cap is US$1,000,000 per season. This was an increase implemented for the 2016 draft, from the previous cap of US$600,000.[11]


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.[12] Each team has one local and one international franchise player.[13]

Team Captain Head coach
Barbados Tridents Barbados Jason Holder England Trevor Penney
Guyana Amazon Warriors Australia Chris Green South Africa Johan Botha
Jamaica Tallawahs Jamaica Rovman Powell Barbados Floyd Reifer
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Trinidad and Tobago Rayad Emrit New Zealand Mark O'Donnell
St Lucia Zouks Saint Lucia Daren Sammy Zimbabwe Andy Flower
Trinbago Knight Riders Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard New Zealand Brendon McCullum
Defunct team
Antigua Hawksbills N/A N/A


While the majority of venues are on Caribbean islands that form part of the West Indies cricket team, two venues are on the mainland of the Americas: one in Florida, and one in Guyana on the South American mainland, although culturally Guyana is regarded as a Caribbean country.

Jamaica Saint Kitts Saint Lucia  United States
Jamaica Tallawahs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots St Lucia Stars Jamaica Tallawahs
Sabina Park Warner Park Darren Sammy Stadium Central Broward Regional Park
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 18,000 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[1]

In June 2013 Courts 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."[16]

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.[17]

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final No. of
Player of
the series
Venue Winners Result Runners-up
2013 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica Tallawahs
129 for 3 (17.3 overs)
Tallawahs won
by 7 wickets

Guyana Amazon Warriors
128 for 5 (20 overs)
6 Krishmar Santokie
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2014 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)
Lendl Simmons
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2015 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, 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)
Dwayne Bravo
(Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel)
2016[18] Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis Jamaica Tallawahs
95 for 1 (12.5 overs)
Tallawahs won
by 9 wickets

Guyana Amazon Warriors
93 all out (20 overs)
Andre Russell
(Jamaica Tallawahs)
2017 Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago Trinbago Knight Riders
136 for 7 (19 overs)
Knight Riders won
by 3 wickets

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
135 for 6 (20 overs)
Chadwick Walton
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2018 Trinbago Knight Riders
150 for 2 (17.3 overs)
Knight Riders won
by 8 wickets

Guyana Amazon Warriors
147 for 9 (20 overs)
Colin Munro
(Trinbago Knight Riders)
2019 Barbados Tridents
171 for 6 (20 overs)
Tridents won
by 27 runs

Guyana Amazon Warriors
144 for 9 (20 overs)
Hayden Walsh Jr.
(Barbados Tridents)
2020 Trinbago Knight Riders
157 for 2 (18.1 overs)
Knight Riders won
by 8 wickets

St Lucia Zouks
154 all out (19.1 overs)
Kieron Pollard
(Trinbago Knight Riders)

Team performances[edit]

Team 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Antigua Hawksbills 5th 6th Defunct
Barbados Tridents 3rd W R 5th 6th W 5th
Guyana Amazon Warriors R 3rd R 3rd R 3rd
Jamaica Tallawahs W 3rd 4th W 4th 6th 4th
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots DNP 6th R 3rd 4th 6th
St Lucia Zouks 6th 5th 4th 6th 5th R
Trinbago Knight Riders 4th W 3rd W 3rd W


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