Four days of Caribbean cricket confirmed for July
Riding on the euphoria of the recent victory of the West Indies men’s and women’s ICC World Cup in India, local cricket fans can look forward to another round of Caribbean cricket magic this summer, as the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) confirms dates for the league’s first cricket games in South Florida.
The historic games are set for July 28 to 31st at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. The games start on July 28, with the Guyana Amazon Warriors facing the Barbados Tridents. The games will also give all six franchises a chance to chase coveted league points ahead of the finals.
This also marks the fourth year of the increasingly popular CPL, which features six franchises: the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, defending champions Tribago Knight Riders, the Zouks, the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents.
The CPL games coming to Lauderhill “should be an exciting treat for cricket fans generally, and Caribbean cricket fans in particular, as the participating teams are represented by some very talented players,” says Lascelles Bailey, a Jamaican cricketer and cricket organizer.
Some of these talented players include West Indies T20 World Cup captain Darren Sammy, Jamaican star Chris Gayle, the world’s leading all-rounder Shane Watson, former New Zealander captain Brendon McCullum and spin twins Sulieman Benn and Sunil Narine.
From July 28 to 31, the six teams will play a tight schedule, with teams facing each other twice. In addition to the 7 p.m. July 28 opening game between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents, the two teams meet again at 4 p.m. on July 30. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots plays Trinbago Knight Riders at 7 p.m. on July 29; and noon on July 31; and Zouks against Jamaica Tallawah at noon on July 30 and 4 p.m. on July 31.
Chief Executive Officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League, said the League is delighted to announce the schedule of “the ground-breaking Florida leg of CPL, which represents an exciting new chapter for the tournament. West Indies cricket is on a real high with the success of the men’s, women’s and Under-19 World Cup winning squads, generating a feel-good factor locally and internationally.”
BARBADOS TRIDENTS: Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers*, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS: Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill*, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Adam Zampa, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Ali Khan
JAMAICA TALLAWAHS: Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara*, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Lasith Malinga, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo, Alex Ross, Kesrick Williams, Nkrumah Bonner, Garey Mathurin, Timroy Allen
ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS: Lendl Simmons, Faf du Plessis*, Samuel Badree, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Jonathan Carter, Krishmar Santokie, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kieran Powell, JJ Smuts, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Tino Best, Jeremiah Louis, Nikhil Dutta
TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS: Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum*, Sunil Narine, Hashim Amla, Umar Akmal, Kevon Cooper, Sulieman Benn, Colin Munro, Anton Devcich, Ronsford Beaton, Nikita Miller, Javon Searles, William Perkins, Yannick Cariah, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Hamza Tariq
ZOUKS: David Miller, Shane Watson*, Darren Sammy, Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Fidel Edwards, Derone Davis, Eddie Leie, Keron Cottoy, Shane Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar