Caribbean Premier League 2020
The IPL and Australia’s Big Bash League may be rated as first and second in the pecking order when it comes to domestic Twenty 20 cricket leagues, but since its creation in 2013, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has claimed a strong following, with television audiences around the world tuning in to watch exciting cricket contests between old rivals against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
Last Caribbean Premier League Season Overview
The 2019 edition of the CPL had its share of drama, thrills and spills. Guyana Amazon Warriors cricketers, who had finished runners-up on multiple occasions, but had never won the tournament, cruised through the caribbean cricket league stage with a perfect ten wins from ten, powered by the batting of Brandon King and the wily spin of Imran Tahir. But once again, the Warriors fell at the final hurdle, beaten by Barbados Tridents, the team they’d beaten in the first Qualifier just six days previously.
Coronavirus Impact In The Caribbean Premier League
The CPL is noted for its atmosphere, as the relatively small grounds and cricket-loving crowds combine to produce a festival feel to the whole thing. Sadly, that won’t be the case this year, as the cricket games will be played behind closed doors due to the ongoing global pandemic, so it will be interesting to see how that affects the performances of the players and the tournament’s viewing figures. The pandemic has also played havoc with cricketers availability, as many of the players originally drafted have subsequently been unable to travel, so teams have had to find alternatives at short notice.
Can The Warriors Finally Win The CPL?
The Warriors will once again be among the favourite cricket teams this year, with both King and Tahir signed up for another stint, while the addition of the vastly experienced cricketer Ross Taylor will provide batting stability and composure in the big moments. There is also an exciting line-up of dangerous young all-rounders, bolstered by the recruitment of Kevin Sinclair. Still, the loss of captain Shoaib Malik and spinner Shadab Khan will hurt their chances on the cricket title, and they have a considerable psychological barrier to clear.
Don’t Write Off Barbados From The CPL Title Fight
The Tridents came good when it mattered last year and experienced skipper Jason Holder will once again lead his cricketers on the field. Their plans to win the cricket competition were thrown into chaos when overseas signings Harry Gurney, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Hales withdrew but they have replaced them wisely, bringing in Twenty 20 star Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner and one of the Twenty 20 format’s biggest stars, Rashid Khan. With Shai Hope to power the top order, the cricket team looks dangerous for the next Caribbean Premier League.
Expect Better From The Tallawahs On The New CPL Season
Jamaica’s cricketers had a tournament to forget last year, but if they can avoid the chaos that blighted their CPL’s 2019 campaign, they can make a big impact. The cricket star of the show is all-rounder Andre Russell, and if he stays fit, he is one of the format’s greatest match winners. But Russell will have plenty of support from an array of big-hitters, a couple of strong middle-order overseas batsmen in Sandeep Lamichane and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and an array of fast bowling talent.
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