Caribbean Premier League

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Caribbean Premier League
CPL.svg
Countries West Indies
AdministratorCricket West Indies (CWI)
FormatTwenty20
First Edition2013
Latest Edition2018
Next Edition2019
Tournament formatLeague and play offs
Number of teams6
Current champion Trinbago Knight Riders (3rd title)
Most successful Trinbago Knight Riders (3 titles: 2015,2017, 2018)
Most runsJamaica Chris Gayle (2,111)
Most wicketsTrinidad and Tobago Dwayne John Bravo (97)

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]

History[edit]

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 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.[5] On December 13, 2012, the WICB announced that they had finalized 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 June 29 to August 7.[9]

Format[edit]

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.[10]

Salary cap[edit]

As of 30 December 2015, the Caribbean Premier League's salary cap is US$780,000 per season. This was an increase implemented for the 2016 draft, from the previous cap of US$600,000.[11]

Teams[edit]

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] The draft occurred on 5 June 2013.[14]

Team Captain Head coach Franchise players
Local International
Current teams
 Barbados Tridents Barbados Jason Holder India Robin Singh
 Guyana Amazon Warriors Australia Chris Green South Africa Johan Botha
 Jamaica Tallawahs Jamaica Andre Russell New Zealand Mark O'Donnell
 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Jamaica Chris Gayle England Donovan Miller
 St Lucia Stars Trinidad and Tobago Kieron Pollard Australia Brad Hodge
 Trinbago Knight Riders Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo Australia Simon Katich
Defunct team
 Antigua Hawksbills N/A N/A N/A N/A

Venues[edit]

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 Guyana on the South American mainland, although culturally Guyana is regarded as a caribbean country, and one in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, United States on the North American mainland.

Jamaica Saint Kitts Saint Lucia  United States
 Jamaica Tallawahs  St Kitts and Nevis Patriots  St Lucia Stars  Jamaica Tallawahs
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


Sponsorships[edit]

Caribbean mobile network Digicel was named as the first global sponsor for the inaugural 2013 tournament and beyond in a multi-year deal.[15] 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.[16]

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.”[17]

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.[18]

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final No. of
Teams
Player of
the Series
Venue Winners Result Runners-up
2018 Brian Lara Stadium, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinbago Knight Riders
150 for 2 (17.3 overs)
Knight Riders won
by 8 wickets

Scorecard
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
147 for 9 (20 overs)
6 New Zealand Colin Munro
(Trinbago Knight Riders)
2017 Brian Lara Stadium, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinbago Knight Riders
136 for 7 (19 overs)
Knight Riders won
by 3 wickets

Scorecard
 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
135 for 6 (20 overs)
6 Jamaica Chadwick Walton
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2016[19] Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis  Jamaica Tallawahs
95 for 1 (12.5 overs)
Tallawahs won
by 9 wickets

Scorecard
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
93 all out (20 overs)
6 Jamaica Andre Russell
(Jamaica Tallawahs)
2015 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

Scorecard
 Barbados Tridents
158 for 4 (20 overs)
6 Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo
(Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel)
2014 Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis  Barbados Tridents
152 for 6 (20 overs)
Tridents won
by 8 runs (D/L)

Scorecard
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
107 for 4 (15.5 overs)
6 Trinidad and Tobago Lendl Simmons
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2013 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad  Jamaica Tallawahs
129 for 3 (17.3 overs)
Tallawahs won
by 7 wickets

Scorecard
 Guyana Amazon Warriors
128 for 5 (20 overs)
6 Jamaica Krishmar Santokie
(Guyana Amazon Warriors)

Team performances[edit]

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

Television rights and sponsorships[edit]

[citation needed]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Network Year Region Country
CNC3 2013–present  Trinidad and Tobago
ABS TV 2013-2016  Antigua and Barbuda
Digicel 2017–present  Barbados
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation 2013-2016
Cayman 27 2013–present  Cayman Islands
TV Guyana 2013–present  Guyana
TVJ 2013–present  Jamaica
ZIZ 2013–present  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Helen Television System 2013–present  Saint Lucia
Sky Sports 2018–present  United Kingdom,  Ireland
BT Sport 2013-2015; 2017
Dave (UK) 2016
Star Sports 2018–present  India,  Bangladesh,  Maldives,    Nepal,  Sri Lanka
Sony SIX 2013-2017
TEN Sports 2013-2017  Pakistan
Orbit Showtime Network 2013–present MENA  United Arab Emirates,  Algeria,  Bahrain,  Chad,  Egypt,  Iraq,  Jordan,  Kuwait,  Lebanon,  Libya,  Mauritania,  Morocco,  Oman,  State of Palestine,  Qatar,  Saudi Arabia,  Sudan,  Tunisia,  Yemen
Fox Sports (Australia) 2013–present  Australia
Sky Sport (New Zealand) 2013–present  New Zealand
Willow TV 2017–present United States, American Samoa, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wake Island  United States
ESPN3 2015-2016
One World Sport (United States) 2013-2015
CBN 2013-2017  Canada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Jamaica lift inaugural CPL title". Wisden India. August 2005, 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "WICB unveils domestic T20 tournament". CricInfo. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  4. ^ "WICB working on launching 'commercial T20 league' – Hilaire". CricInfo. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
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  6. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/623113.html
  7. ^ Wattley, Garth (March 3, 2013). "Meet West Indies cricket's new wealthy benefactor". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "WICB announce franchise-based T20 league". CricInfo. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  9. ^ http://cplt20.com/news/caribbean-premier-league-announces-exciting-plans-tournament
  10. ^ "Caribbean Premier League to contract 90 players". CricInfo. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  11. ^ http://cplt20.com/team-news/michael-hall-explains-changes-cpl-player-draft-2016
  12. ^ "Taylor signs for Caribbean Premier League". Cricinfo. ESPN. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Caribbean Premier League to contract 90 players". Cricinfo. ESPN. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Adam Gilchrist Confirms from CPL". Caribbean Premier League. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  15. ^ http://cplt20.com/news/digicel-announced-major-sponsor-caribbean-premier-league
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  17. ^ http://cplt20.com/news/courts-stores-sign-caribbean-premier-league-sponsor
  18. ^ http://cplt20.com/news/el-dorado-rum-%E2%80%9Cspirit-cpl%E2%80%9D
  19. ^ http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2016-04-19/guyana-gets-cpl-finals-tt-loses-out

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