The ninth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) has started, and the officials have welcomed vaccinated fans in the stadium for the ongoing live T20 matches.
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It is the domestic Twenty20 cricket league played in the West Indies. According to CPL T20 latest updates, it will continue from 26 August to 15 September 2021.
History of the Tournament
CPL is hosted in the West Indies annually since 2013. 7 teams have participated in the tournament till now, with one of them now nonexistent. In the past 8 seasons, there have been 3 different champions. The Trinbago Knight Riders (previously known as Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel) have won four times, while the Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Royals (previously known as Barbados Tridents) have won the cup too. The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions.
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Format of the Tournament
In CPL, six teams called Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Royals, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs, and Saint Lucia Kings will play a double round-robin league stage.
All squads will be playing against each team twice before earning their way to the semi-final stage. The 1st and 4th-ranked teams will play the first semi-final followed by the second and third-placed sides battling in the other semi-final. The Final will be played a few days after the second semi-final. Saint Kitts and Nevis will host all 33 T20 matches.
Looking at the CPL winners list, the most successful franchise in the history of the competition is the Trinbago Knight Riders, as they have won four times. Speaking about topping from the lower end, the performance of the St Lucia Stars (previously known as the St Lucia Zouks) has been disappointing among its competitors.
The other squads that have won are the Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have displayed excellent performances every year, but have failed to reach the finals four times.
Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh Jr, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop, Mohammad Amir
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Naveen Ul Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmeade Nedd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Shoaib Malik
Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Fidel Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul, Ryan Persaud, Shakib al Hasan
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Jon Russ Jaggesar, Dominic Drakes, Joshua da Silva, Chris Gayle
St Lucia Zouks
Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Javelle Glen
Trinbago Knight Riders
Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Sikandar Raza, Anderson Phillip, Denesh Ramdin, Tion Webster, Akeal Hoesin, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane