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The Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) will be the world's first major T20 league to be held since the Covid-19 pandemic brought international and domestic cricket to a standstill, and will take place in Trinidad & Tobago. Here's all you need to know about the Twentgy20 League, which gets underway from August 18.

CPL 2020: Full schedule venues (Local times)

Tuesday 18 August, 10 am

Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Tuesday 18 August, 5:30 pm

Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Wednesday 19 August, 10 am

Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks

Wednesday 19 August, 5:30 pm

Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thursday 20 Aug, 10am

St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents

Thursday 20 Aug, 5:30pm

Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs

Saturday 22 Aug, 10am

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Zouks

Saturday 22 Aug, 5:30pm

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs

Sunday 23 Aug, 10am

Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents

Sunday 24 Aug, 5:30pm

Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks

Tuesday 25 August, 10am

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Barbados Tridents

Tuesday 25 August, 5:30pm

Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Wednesday 26 August 10

St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders

Wednesday 26 August, 5:30pm

Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs

Thursday 27 August, 10am

St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thursday 27 August, 5:30pm

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders

Saturday 29 August, 10am

Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders

Saturday 29 August, 5:30pm

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs

Sunday 30 August, 10am

Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks

Sunday 30 August, 5:30pm

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Tuesday 1 September, 10am

Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders

Tuesday 1 September, 5:30pm

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents

Wednesday 2 September, 10am

Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Wednesday 2 September, 5:30pm

St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Thursday 3 September, 10am

Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thursday 3 September, 5:30pm

Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Saturday 5 September, 10am

Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Zouks

Saturday 5 September, 5:30pm

Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents

Sunday 6 September, 10am

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders

Sunday 6 September, 5:30pm

St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs

Tuesday 8 September, TBC

Semi final 1 (1st v 4th)

Tuesday 8 September, TBC

Semi final 2 (2nd vs 3rd)

Thursday 10 September, TBC

CPL 2020 squads list

Jamaica Tallawahs

Andre Russell, Sandeep Lamichhane, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Glenn Phillips, Chadwick Walton, Oshane Thomas, Asif Ali, Fidel Edwards, Preston McSween, Jermaine Blackwood, Nicholas Kirton, Ramaal Lewis, Nkrumah Bonner, Veerasammy Permaul, Ryan Persaud

St Lucia Zouks

Roston Chase, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Najibullah Zadran, Kesrick Williams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chemar Holder, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Zahir Khan, Kimani Melius, Leniko Boucher, Kavem Hodge, Javelle Glen, Saad Bin Zafar

Guyana Amazon Warriors

Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Ross Taylor, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Kissoondath Magram, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Naveen Ul Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmeade Nedd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Jasdeep Singh

Barbados Tridents

Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Corey Anderson, Shamarh Brooks, Mitchell Santner, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Hayden Walsh Jr, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Bishop, Nyeem Young, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Shayan Jahangir

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Chris Lynn, Ben Dunk, Evin Lewis, Nick Kelly, Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Imran Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Joshua de Silva, Dominic Drakes, Colin Archibald, Jon Russ Jaggesar, Jahmar Hamilton

Trinbago Knight Riders

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, Sikandar Raza, Anderson Phillip, Pravin Tambe, Jayden Seales, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Muhammad Ali Khan

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

CPL 2020: Ramnaresh Sarwan Leaves Bio Secure Bubble Citing Personal Reasons

CPL 2020 saw Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach leaving bio-secure bubble citing personal issues while Vinod Maharaj and Ryan Austin were named as assistants to head coach Floyd Reifer.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, a former West Indian cricketer who is also the assistant coach of Jamaica Tallawahs has opted to leave the Caribbean Premier League, CPL’s biosecure bubble due to personal issues. The CPL will start from 18th of August at Trinidad and Tobago behind closed doors.

CPL (Credits: Twitter)

CPL 2020: Assistant Coaches Named To Assist Head Coach

As per an ESPNCricinfo, Vinod Maharaj and Ryan Austin have been named to assist head coach Floyd Reifer.

“Yes, it’s a big loss. Sarwan brings a lot to the game, his knowledge, his experience and the way he has dealt with the players over the years, so it is a great loss,” ESPNCrincfo quoted Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller as saying to Trinidad Newsday.

“We are going to look to move forward. This is a rebuilding year for us, but I don’t just want to say rebuilding. We are here to win the tournament. I think we have a great team and the guys are keen and ready to go, and let’s see at the end what happens, but we are definitely looking forward to having a great tournament this year,” he added.

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan Photo Credit: Getty Images

Jamaica Tallawahs includes Andre Russell, Carlos Braithwaite, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane among others whereas the other teams like Trinbago Knight Riders feature Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Sikander Raza to name a few. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have Chris Lynn, Ben Dunk, Evin Lewis, Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi and Sheldon Cottrell while Barbados Tridents include Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner and Shai Hope whereas St Lucia Zouks have Roston Chase, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy, Najibullah Zadran, Andre Fletcher and Guyana Amazon Warriors include Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Ross Taylor, Shimron Hetmyer Chris Green, Keemo Paul to name a few.

CPL 2020: Ramnaresh Sarwan Also Had A Dispute With Chris Gayle Earlier

Ramnaresh Sarwan also had a public dispute with Chris Gayle earlier this year with the latter blaming the former for axing him from the Tallawahs squad.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, West Indies
Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle. Credits: Getty Images

Ramnaresh Sarwan, in turn, termed the allegations made against him as ‘scandalous’ as Chris Gayle moved to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots before eventually opting out of the tournament due to personal problems.

Jamaica Tallawahs will face St Lucia Zouks in their first match of the tournament on 19th of August.

Trinbago Knight Riders play against Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first match starting on Tuesday 18th August on 10 am local time. The final match will be played on 10th September.

Brett Lee, Rashid Khan, CPL 2020
Brett Lee. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Brett Lee Picks The Player He Is Looking Out In CPL 2020

Former Australian pacer Brett Lee will be eyeing on the Afghanistan star Rashid Khan in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commencing from 18th August. While the renowned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar picked Chris Lynn as his man in the CPL. 

The spinner Rashid Khan will be playing in the eighth edition of the famous T20 league for defending champions Barbados Tridents. After an extended break, he will be the first time playing a competitive match since March. However, he has been attending the national camp which had started last month. 

Rashid Khan, CPL 2020, Chris Lynn, Brett Lee
Rashid Khan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In the recent interaction, Brett Lee heaped praise on Rashid’s spin bowling. The former pacers said that from beautiful wrong’un to great temperament, the Afghan player had all the variations in his bag. He added that the CPL stint would help him get better in the IPL scheduled in UAE. 

“I’m going to go with Rashid Khan. He’s got all the tricks in his bag – a beautiful ‘wrong un, great temperament and I think these wickets will definitely suit him, playing in the UAE,” Brett Lee said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

“He knows that country back to front, he has played a lot of cricket there. I think he will really do well over there. He’s a wonderful guy as well, so Rashid Khan’s my pick.”

Chris Lynn, Lahore Qalandars
Chris Lynn slams 52-ball ton. Photo Credit: PSL.

On the other hand, Manjrekar feels Chris Lynn will be the one to look out for in this year’s edition in CPL. He likes the Australian player because of his attacking batsman. 

“But I like Chris Lynn, you know. There’s a kind of a sledgehammer kind of power that he has in his batting,” Manjrekar said. 

“This time round, actually, CSK may not play Imran Tahir as much because you know, you can only play so many foreigners. Now, they have got Piyush Chawla. Imran Tahir might just sit out. So, my pick will be Chris Lynn,” he added. 

Mumbai Indians have bought Chris Lynn for this year’s IPL edition for INR 2 Crore. It would be the first IPL edition for Lynn who has gained fame because of his knock in BBL. 

Fabian Allen
Fabian Allen. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight

West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen has been ruled of the CPL 2020 (Caribbean Premier League) after he missed his flight from Jamaica to Barbados. Strict travel restrictions are imposed in Trinidad due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Chartered flight was the only way for Fabian Allen to travel and join his squad, which he missed due to some confusion.

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) is all set to be held from August 18 to September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago. The league will feature six teams namely Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders.

The players, staff, and officials were expected to join their team’s respective camps in Trinidad two weeks before the start of the tournament. A number of special charter planes were organized to fly them to the island.

CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight 1
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Missed Flight Due To Confusion

Fabian Allen, who was retained by the franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the CPL draft, was due to reach Barbados before boarding the charter to Trinidad. However, the West Indies all-rounder was late to reach the airport and missed the flight.

“Unfortunately there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight. We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country.” Allen’s agent told ESPNcricinfo.

CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight 2
Image Credits: Twitter

Amidst the pandemic, there is a travel ban in Trinidad and the chartered flight was the only way for Fabian Allen to join his team.

Many others backed out of the CPL 2020


CPL 2018, Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Match Report
Credits: Getty Images.


St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, head coach Simon Helmot has also pulled out his name for the tournament as he was tested positive for the coronavirus. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s pre-IPL camp. would also clash with the series and hence assistant coach Malolan Rangarajan would not be attending the Caribbean league.

Spinner Dennis Bulli was tested positive for the virus and had to be replaced by Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinner Imran Khan.  Unable to confirm his travel plans Rassie van der Dussenand had to be replaced by Otago batsman Nick Kelly.

Afghan players Qais Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Noor Ahmad also had to withdraw their names at the last moment due to some technical problems.

Four players who toured England for a three-match Test series have been named as a replacement. The players are Shamarh Brooks and Keon Harding (Barbados Tridents), Jermaine Blackwood (Tallawahs) and Roston Chase (St Lucia Zouks).

CPL (Credits: Twitter)

CPL 2020: 162 players, Officials, And Administrators Test Negative For COVID-19

In a huge boost for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), all the players, officials and administrators have tested negative for COVID-19. The CPL has announced that all the individuals related to the tournament have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago and that 162 people who traveled into the country have tested negative.

The CPL said the teams will now be kept in quarantine in the official hotel for 14 days and undergo regular testing. If anyone from in the group is found to have contracted the coronavirus they will be removed from the hotel and placed in further isolation. Players, coaches and support staff have traveled to the Caribbean from all parts of the cricket world.

“It has been a colossal effort by all involved to get everyone safely into Trinidad and Tobago,” tournament operations director Michael Hall said in a statement.

“Our main priority is the health and well-being of all those involved in CPL and the wider population in the host country, to have got through this first step without any cases is encouraging news, but we will remain vigilant,” he added.

CPL 2020 will start on August 18 (Credits: Twitter)

CPL 2020 will be the first high-profile T20 tournament which will take place amid the pandemic. The competition will start on August 18 while the final will be played on September 10. The season will see a total of 33 games being played. The entire tournament will be played in Trinidad & Tobago, with all matches taking place across two stadiums in that country.

The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will host 23 games, including the semi finals and final, and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will have 10 matches. Last year’s runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors will lock horns against Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL-opener. On the other hand, defending champions Barbados Tridents will take on the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the second match of the competition on the same day.

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CPL 2020, behind close doors
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CPL 2020 Scheduled From 18 August Behind Closed Doors

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been scheduled from August 18 to September 20 behind the close doors. The whole tournament will take place in Trinidad & Tobago under the safety guidelines laid by the league. Meanwhile, CPL has become the first major league to be hosted amid the ongoing coronavirus. 

Following the approval from local authorities and government, CPL will be conducted without spectators with strict COVID guidelines in place for the teams and officials.

Quarantine protocols to be followed ahead of CPL:

Andre Russell, CPL 2019, CPL 2020
Image Credit: Twitter

After the international cricket gets back to the track with the Test series between England and West Indies, the T20 leagues have are also making a return. However, new rules have been introduced and which will also be followed in CPL 2020. Teams and its staff members will have to go under two weeks quarantine period and regular testing will be done. If a player is found positive, the whole team will have to self-isolate ahead of the league. 

“All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country,” said a statement from CPL.

“Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed.

“However, if any member of this cluster display signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that group first shows symptoms.”

Star players to feature in CPL 2020:

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Rashid Khan. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Although travelling during the pandemic is dangerous, several international players have drafted their name for participating in the league.

Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nabi, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor and Carlos Brathwaite while many members of the current Windies team will play for different franchises in the league.

Also, Pravin Tambe, who has recently announced his retirement, will become the first Indian cricketer to feature in the CPL.


CPL 2020: Organisers Want To Conduct Entire Tournament In Trinidad From Mid-August

While cricket is getting ready to return on the field after controlling the ongoing pandemic, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers want to organise the CPL 2020 in Trinidad from mid-August.

The cricket lovers have missed out the game from the middle of last March when the coronavirus pandemic forced to stop the world. Now, while the countries are slowly moving on from the lockdown process, the cricket organisers are eyeing to return as soon as possible but safely.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already planned out the full fixtures of the three-match home Test series against West Indies. Meanwhile, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has just announced the Test squad for this upcoming England tour.

While the West Indies tour of England will happen in July, according to the proposed schedule, the CPL organisers are feeling that they are ready to organise the CPL 2020 from mid-August. The organisers have mapped out Trinidad to host the entire CPL 2020, but they first require the proper permission from the Trinidad and Tobago government.

CPL 2020, organisers, Trinidad
Image Credit: CPL

We’re ready to play: CPL chief operating officer about CPL 2020

Talking about permission from the government, safety measurement is the key subject. The officials are prepared for the virtual meeting with cabinet ministers which will be organised on this Thursday (4th June). Some of their major discussions can be quarantine periods after arrival in Trinidad, health protocols etc.

CPL 2020, organisers, Trinidad

The CPL chief operating officer, Pete Russell told ESPNcricinfo, “We’re ready to play. If you get the second wave that everyone hopes won’t come, we’d be back to square one, but the only other thing that will derail us is the government not allowing us to play for safety reasons. It’s just a case of getting the green light from them.”

According to the recent ESPNcricinfo report, the Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Academy can host the CPL 2020 matches. The CPL 2020 can run for 25 days rather than following previous year’s 39-day tournament.

CPL 2020, organisers, Trinidad

Talking about the possible fixture system, we can experience mostly the double-headers as the daily match times can be 10 am and 6 pm local time.

Apart from expecting the availability of the overseas players during the CPL 2020, the organisers still believe in running this tournament in the presence of some fans on the ground.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, West Indies
Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle. Credits: Getty Images

Chris Gayle Stands By His Remarks Against Ramnaresh Sarwan; CPL Decides To Close Case

The relationship between Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan turned sour when the former called the latter “worse than coronavirus”, while also accusing his former teammate of plotting his exit from Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.

The Universe Boss, who has since moved to St. Lucia Zouk had earlier blamed Ramnaresh Sarwan for an alleged bust-up with Jamaica Tallawahs which did not retain the big-hitting Gayle for the 2020 season after playing for the franchise as a marquee player last season.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle (Image Credit: Google)

Chris Gayle stands by his comments against Ramnaresh Sarwan:

Meanwhile, Chris Gayle stated that he completely “stands by his remarks” against his former teammate as he spoke from the heart. The maverick batsman also conceded that his actions were causing damage to West Indies cricket, prompting the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers to close the controversial matter.

“I made these videos with one single intention to explain to the fans in Jamaica the reasons behind … my second departure from the Tallawahs franchise. It was my greatest wish to finish my CPL career in Jamaica … with the franchise that I had previously led to two CPL titles,” Gayle said in the statement.

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan Photo Credit: Reuters.

“In so far as my resentment at the treatment, I stand by my comments in those videos. My words were spoken from the heart. Having said that … I now realize how portions of my comments may be viewed as being damaging to CWI, and to CPL and its brand…”

Efforts made to settle charges for the benefit of CWI, CPL and Chris Gayle: CTC chief Patterson

CTC chief Patterson stressed on the fact that intense efforts were made to settle the charges for the advantage of Cricket West Indies, Caribbean Premier League and Chris Gayle, before the set up of an independent three-member tribunal to hear or discuss the matter.

“These efforts have resulted in acceptance by Mr Gayle of the need to issue the statement. This was received by the CTC and shared with the CPL & CWI to the satisfaction of all parties. Given the assurance of Mr Gayle to act in good faith, it, therefore, is no longer necessary to empanel a Tribunal. The CTC, the CPL and CWI, therefore, consider the matter closed,” the CTC chief said.

Chris Gayle went on to claim that Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan was behind his expulsion as the former middle-order batsman wanted to take advantage of the franchise.

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