The CPL or the Caribbean Premier League is a T20 cricket tournament, which is held annually in the Caribbean. It is organized by the West Indies Cricket Board.
Replacing the Caribbean Twenty 20 Tournament
The premier competition for cricket in the Caribbeans was the Caribbean Twenty 20 Tournament and it was replaced by the Caribbean Premier League in the year 2013.
CPL 2013 schedule
The CPL has been scheduled to start from July 30, 2013 and will go on until August 24, 2013. The first match will start at Barbados and according to the released schedule; six franchise countries have been selected for the matches for CPL in the Caribbeans.
Decision and announcement of CPL and its funding
In the year 2012 in the month of September, the West Indies Cricket Board put forward the idea for the Caribbean Premier League. Verus Bank, the merchant bank, based in Barbados, founded by Ajmal Khan will be funding for CPL. The West Indies Cricket Board signed an agreement around that time, finalizing the deal. The West Indies Cricket Board will also receive extra funds for “retainer contracts” for players of all teams. Generally, there are 20 annual retainer contracts and WICB has added a few more clauses.
Game format for CPL 2013
According to the game format, there will be 6 teams, which will be divided into groups. There will be group stage matches and the knockout stage. In the group stage matches, 3 matches will be played at the home ground of the teams and there will be 7 matches in total in this stage. The knockout or playoff stage will then take place where there will be semi finals and a final. The whole CPL format basically follows the general T 20 tournament format of 90 days.
CPL 2013 teams
There will be 6 teams (franchises) in the Caribbean Premier League. Each team can have up to 4 international players. There will also be one international franchise player included in each team. The final draft was released on June 5, 2013. Teams, which are playing, are – Barbados, Guyana, Antigua, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia. The names of the coaches and the franchise players (local and international) have been announced. The coach for Antigua will be Viv Richards, for Guyana, its Roger Harper, for Saint Lucia, its Andy Roberts, for Barbados, its Desmond Haynes, for Jamaica, its Paul Nixon, and for Trinidad and Tobago, the head coach will be Gordon Greenidge. In the list of franchise players, CPL has taken Marlon Samuels (local) and Ricky Ponting (international) for Antigua, and Dwayne Bravo (local) and Ross Taylor (international) for Trinidad and Tobago. For Jamaica, Chris Gayle (local) and Muttiah Muralitharan (international) have been selected. On the other hand, Barbados has Kieron Pollard (local), Shoaib Malik (international), Guyana has Sunil Narine (local) and Mohammed Hafeez (international) and Saint Lucia has Darren Sammy (local) and Herschelle Gibbs (international) as their franchise players.