The fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is scheduled to start from June 29. The organisers believe CPL 2016 will be bigger and better than ever.
The arrivals of AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Shakib Al Hasan and many more stars is expected to take CPL 2016 to a whole new level. And when it comes to entertainment, CPL 2016 promises to be at its best throughout the tournament.
St Lucia Zouks skipper Darren Sammy is happy to be a part of this marquee tournament, and is confident that CPL 2016 will be much better than the previous seasons.
"The CPL is the biggest party in sport. It's not like any other tournament and when it comes to entertainment, there's nothing like it," Sammy was quoted as saying by the Voice.
"I have been lucky to have been a part of it for the last three years since its inception and CPL is renowned for its carnival atmosphere."
"But when you look across the squads and the recruitment across the board - with players like AB, Shakib and Brendon joining up this year, you know that it's becoming a tournament that the top world players want to be a part of."
Trinbago Knight Riders will begin their title defence against St Lucia Zouks on June 29. The tournament format is pretty similar to the IPL, with the final played on August 7.
The teams will be stronger than last season of the CPL, as all the franchises made sure that they have the right combinations in place.
Here are the full squads of all six teams:
Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo (C), Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Hashim Amla, Umar Akmal, Kevon Cooper, Suleiman Benn, Colin Munro, Anton Devcich, Ronsford Beaton, Nikita Miller, Javon Searles, William Perkins, Yannic Cariah, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan,Hamza Tariq, Anderson Phillip.
Barbados Tridents: Kieron Pollard (C), AB de Villiers, Shoaib Mallik, Nicolas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Pietersen, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeil Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Naveen Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor, Shamar Springer, Jason Holder.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Martin Guptill (C), Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Adam Zampa, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin , Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Stephen Katwaroo, Devendra Bishoo, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan, Shimron Hetmyer.
Jamaica Tallawahs: Chris Gayle (C), Andre Russell, Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan, Imad Wasim, Dale Steyn, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Jon-Rus Jaggesar, Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo, Alex Ross, Kesrick Williams, Nkrumah Bonner, Garey Mathurin, Timroy Allen, Oshane Thomas.
St Lucia Zouks: Darren Sammy (C), Shane Watson, David Miller, Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Denesh Ramdin, Derone Davis, Grant Elliot, Keron Cottoy, Shane Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy Lesporis, Kristopher Ramsaran, Nitish Kumar, Gidron Pope.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Faf Du Plessis (C), Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Jonathan Carter, Krishmar Santokie, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kieran Powell, Jon-Jon Smuts, Devon Thomas, Sharmarh Brooks, Tino Best, Jeremiah Louis, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikhil Dutta, Alzarri Joseph.