Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2015 will start from 20 June in the West Indies. This is the third edition of the tournament and six teams will battle it out for the trophy over one month.
In 2013, Caribbean Twenty20 (T20) was replaced by the Caribbean Premier League and ever since then, this Calypso T20 tournament has been attracting huge crowds. The first edition was won by Jamaica Tallawahs while the second by Barbados Tridents.
A few days ago, Hindi film actor Shah Rukh Khan decided to acquire the CPL franchise Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. The other two actors who hold stakes in CPL franchises are Mark Wahlberg (Barbados Tridents) and Gerrard Buttler (Jamaica Tallawahs).
The six teams (Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, St Lucia Zouks and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots) will play ten matches each in the group stages.
The team that secures most points at the end of the group league matches will get a direct entry into the big final. The third and fourth-placed teams play the first semi-final and the winner of this match will play the team placed second on the points table in the second semi-final. The final will be played between the top team in the group stage and the winner of the second semi-final, on 26 July.
The inaugural match of the CPL 2015 will be played between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors on 20 June at the Kensington Oval. Some of the big names from the world of cricket will add to the pomp and enhance the swagger quotient during this month-long Calypso T20 carnival. Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Martin Guptill are some of the big names who will be playing in this tournament.
Here is the list of teams for the CPL 2015:
Jamaica Tallawahs: Chris Gayle (C), David Bernard, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Narsingh Deonarine, Mahela Jayawardene, Chris Lynn, Horace Miller, Nikita Miller, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Jerome Taylor, Rusty Theron, Daniel Vettori, Chadwick Walton.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (C),Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Johan Botha, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Miguel Cummins, Derone Davis, Cameron Delport, Jacques Kallis, Kamran Akmal, Jason Mohammed, William Perkins, Marlon Richards, Javon Searles.
Barbados Tridents: Kieron Pollard (C), Jonathan Carter, Kyle Corbin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Ashley Nurse, Robin Peterson, Ravi Rampaul, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith, Navin Stewart.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Denesh Ramdin (C), Chris Barnwell, Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marchant de Lange, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Brad Hodge, Sunil Narine, Thisara Perera, Veerasammy Permaul, Lendl Simmons, Umar Akmal, David Wiese, Paul Wintz.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Marlon Samuels (C), Justin Athanaze, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Martin Guptill, Evin Lewis, Orlando Peters, Raymon Reifer, Shahid Afridi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sohail Tanvir, Jacques Taylor, Devon Thomas, Tonito Willett.
St Lucia Zouks: Darren Sammy (C), Johnson Charles, Henry Davids, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Delorn Johnson, Eddie Leie, Keddy Lesporis, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mayers, Kevin Pietersen, Kemar Roach, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford, Ross Taylor.
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