About CPL

The Caribbean Premier League (abbreviated to CPL or CPLT20) is an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament held in the Caribbean by the West Indies Cricket Board. It was created in 2013 and replaced the Caribbean Twenty20 as the premier Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean.  It is currently sponsored by Limacol and thus officially titled the Limacol CPL.

History

The West Indies Cricket Board first announced the plans for the Caribbean Premier League in September 2012. On December 13, 2012, the WICB announced that they had finalized an agreement with Ajmal Khan founder of Verus International, for the funding of the league. As part of the agreement, the WICB will receive additional funding from Verus International for additional retainer contracts for players in addition to the 20 annual retainer contracts the board currently funds.

Dates for the tournament were confirmed for the 2013 Caribbean Premier League as 29 July to 26 August. The 2014 and 2015 tournaments will take place from 5 July to 10 August and 21 June to 26 July respectively.

Format

The tournament is played between six teams and is divided into a group stage and a knockout stage. In the group stage, the teams each play seven matches, three of which at home. The playoff stage includes two semi-finals and a final to determine the winner of the tournament.

Teams

The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each, including a maximum of four international players and four players under the age of 23. Each team has one local and one international franchise player.  The draft occurred on 5 June 2013.

Team
Captain
Head Coach
Local Franchise Player
International Franchise Player
Antigua HawksbillsMarlon SamuelsViv RichardsMarlon SamuelsRicky Ponting
Barbados TridentsKieron PollardDesmond HaynesKieron PollardShoaib Malik
Guyana Amazon WarriorsRamnaresh SarwanRoger HarperSunil NarineMohammad Hafeez
Jamaica TallawahsChris GaylePaul NixonChris GayleMuttiah Muralitharan
St Lucia ZouksDarren SammyAndy RobertsDarren SammyHerschelle Gibbs
Trinidad and Tobago Red SteelDwayne BravoGordon GreenidgeDwayne BravoRoss Taylor