The 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League: what you need to know
Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle are among the global superstars set to play in the 2018 Hero CPL
The 6th edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commences on 8 August 2018 and the final is scheduled to be played on 16 September 2018.
Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions and they will attempt to become the first team to win successive titles in the tournament’s history in 2018.
The Knight Riders will battle it out against the likes of Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, and St Lucia Stars.
The Trinbago Knight Riders will face the St Lucia Stars in the opening game on Wednesday night at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The league stages of the tournament will be followed by the playoffs and a total of 34 games that will be played during the course of the tournament.
As usual, the top four teams at the end of the round robin matches will qualify to the playoffs.
The matches will be played across the Caribbean and three games are to be played at Lauderhill in Florida, USA.
Furthermore, there are two interesting changes that are being introduced in the tournament this time.
Firstly, if a team fails to bowl their overs in the given time, there will be a penalty that will be imposed on their net run rate.
The second change is that a toss will decide as to who will bat or bowl first in the case of a ‘super over’.
Furthermore, some of the Pakistani players will participate in the entire duration of the tournament.
Global stars of the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Martin Guptill, David Warner, Steve Smith, and Ross Taylor are set to play in the tournament.
Guyana Amazon Warriors:
Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshon Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Akshaya Persaud, Chris Green.
Martin Guptill, Shakib Al Hasan, Hashim Amla, Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder(c), Nicholas Pooran, Wahab Riaz, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Tion Webster, Imran Khan, Shamar Springer, Sunny Sohal, Chemar Holder, Dominic Drakes, Steven Smith, Mohammad Irfan.
St Lucia Stars:
Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Rahkeem Cornwall, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Dasun Shanaka, Christopher Lamont, Obed McCoy, Odean Smith, Jaskaran Malhotra, David Warner.
Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Kirstan Kallicharan, Elmore Hutchinson.
Trinbago Knight Riders:
Dwayne Bravo, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Ronsford Beaton, Javon Searles, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Phillip, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots:
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Shamarh Brooks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Javelle Glen.