CPL Schedule: The Caribbean Premier League is back as the T20 tournament is set to stage its 9th edition, starting from 26th August 2021. For the unversed, the Caribbean Premier League is the annual T20 tournament organized by the West Indies Cricket Board in West Indies. The tournament was founded in 2013 as a replacement for Caribbean Twenty 20.
So far, as many as 8 editions have been held between 2013 and 2020. Jamaica Tallawahs won the inaugural edition of the tournament after beating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final. Trinbago Knight Riders is the most successful franchise in the history of the tournament, having won the title on 4 occasions. The Knight Riders are also the defending champions. They won the title last year after beating St. Lucia Zouks in the final by 8 wickets.
The Caribbean Premier League 2021 edition is all set to commence in the month of August. The tournament will be staged between 26th August and 15th September 2021.
All the games will be taking place at St. Kitts and Nevis Stadium. As many as 33 games will be played at Warner Park.
Here’s a look at the complete schedule of CPL 2021:
Hero CPL 2021 Fixtures (all times Eastern Caribbean Time)
|Thursday 26 August, 10am||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Thursday 26 August, 7pm||Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots|
|Friday 27 August, 10am||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks|
|Friday 27 August, 7pm||Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents|
|Saturday 28 August, 10am||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots|
|Saturday 28 August, 2:30pm||Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents|
|Sunday 29 August, 10am||St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Sunday 29 August, 2:30pm||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Tuesday 31 August, 10am||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Zouks|
|Tuesday 31 August, 7pm||Barbados Tridents v Jamacia Tallawahs|
|Wednesday 1 September, 10am||Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Wednesday 1 September, 7pm||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots|
|Thursday 2 September, 10am||St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Thursday 2 September, 7pm||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Barbados Tridents|
|Saturday 4 September, 10am||St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots|
|Saturday 4 September, 2:30pm||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents|
|Sunday 5 September, 10am||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Zouks|
|Sunday 5 September, 2:30pm||Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs|
|Tuesday 7 September, 10am||Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Tuesday 7 September, 7pm||Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Wednesday 8 September, 10am||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs|
|Wednesday 8 September, 7pm||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks|
|Thursday 9 September, 10am||Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Thursday 9 September, 7pm||St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs|
|Saturday 11 September, 10am||St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents|
|Saturday 11 September, 2:30pm||Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Saturday 11 September, 7pm||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots|
|Sunday 12 September, 10am||Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks|
|Sunday 12 September, 2:30pm||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs|
|Sunday 12 September, 7pm||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders|
|Tuesday 14 September||Semi-final 1|
|Tuesday 14 September||Semi-final 2|
|Wednesday 15 September||Final|
Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s COO, said: “It is really exciting to have the tournament window for 2021 confirmed and I would like to thank St Kitts & Nevis government for agreeing to host this year’s event. We would also like to extend our thanks to Cricket West Indies for helping us create this window in a busy summer of cricket for them. We are looking forward to once again successfully staging the Hero CPL in 2021.”
The CPL 2021 is likely to see several changes in the squads. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo have joined hands to play for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots this year. Keemo Paul has moved to the St Lucia Zouks and Oshane Thomas will now be representing the Barbados Tridents.
Shakib al Hasan, Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis, Matthew Wade, Sandeep Lamichhane and Shoaib Malik are some of the prominent overseas signings this year. Players like Mohammad Amir and Smit Patel will be playing their maiden CPL tournament.
The Caribbean Premier League 2021 will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network in India and its subcontinent. The matches will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar online platform. Star India has acquired exclusive media rights from CPL governing body and the Cricket West Indies (CWI) for two years.
In UK and Ireland, the matches will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports. SportsMax TV will telecast live coverage of CPL 2021 in the Caribbean region.
FanCode, India’s first multi-sport aggregator platform by Dream Sports, has partnered with Caribbean Premier League (CPL T20) to exclusively live stream all the cricket matches from the T20 tournament.
St Lucia Zouks Squad
Squad: Faf du Plessis, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul, Matthew Wade, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Usman Qadir, Samit Patel, Obed McCoy, Rakheem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Javelle Glen, Keron Cottoy, Jeavor Royal, Kadeem Alleyne, Alzarri Joseph
The most successful team in CPL, Trinbago Knight Riders don’t need any introduction. They have reached semi-finals in all editions and have won the title on 4 occasions. Kieron Pollard and Co. won the title last year and are favorites to win this year as well.
Squad: Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Sandeep Lamichhane, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Isuru Udana, Sikandar Raza, Anderson Phillip, Denesh Ramdin, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Leonardo Julian, Ali Khan, Joshua James
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots reached playoffs twice and finished as runners-up once in 2017. Ahead of the 2021 edition, they have a strong chance of winning the title as the team has added the services of world-class players like Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle. Rassie Van der Dussen, W Hasaranga, R Gurbaz, and A Nortje are their four overseas signings.
Squad: Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Fabien Allen, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Devon Thomas, Rayad Emrit, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Colin Archibald, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Dominic Drakes, Joshua Da Silva, Mikyle Louis
Barbados Tridents is one of the strongest outfits in the Caribbean Premier League. They are the second most successful team, having won the edition twice in 2014 and 2019. Jason Holder currently leads the team. Their overseas signings include the likes of Chris Morris, Thisara Perera, Smit Patel, Azam Khan, Mohammad Amir etc.
Squad: Chris Morris, Jason Holder, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Amir, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Oshane Thomas, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh Jr, Azam Khan, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop, Smit Patel, Kadeem Alleyne
Guyana Amazon Warriors is one of the most consistent outfits in CPL. However, despite reaching playoffs in all editions, they have failed to clinch a single CPL title. The Warriors finished as runners-up on 5 occasions and reached the semi-finals three times. They would be hoping to clinch the title this year.
The team will be led by Nicholas Pooran, while their overseas signings include some experienced players such as Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Tahir to name a few.
Squad: Nicholas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Imran Tahir, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Naveen ul Haq, Romario Shepherd, Waqar Salamkheil, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Odeon Smith, Niall Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd
Jamaica Tallawahs is one of the strongest teams in the Caribbean Premier League. Tallahwahs were the winners in the inaugural edition after beating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the finals. Jamaica Tallawahs won the title for the second time in 2016.
The team is currently led by Rovman Powell and boasts of some world-class players such as Andre Russell, Shakib Al-Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite to name a few.
Squad: Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Haider Ali, Chadwick Walton, Fidel Edwards, Qais Ahmed, Jason Mohammad, Migael Pretorius, Kennar Lewis, Ibrahim Zadran, Veerasammy Peramaul, Abhijay Mansingh, Joshua James, Kirk McKenzie, Ryan Persaud, Kirk McKenzie, Jeavor Royal