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[Cricket] Caribbean Premier League 2018 – The #BiggestPartyInSport Is a Week Away!

Dubbed the Biggest Party in Sport and Cricket’s Biggest Party, if any league around the world could rival the IPL, it has to be the Caribbean Premier League – ‘Cricket.Played.Louder’. First started in 2013, the CPL combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Combining broadcast and digital viewership, over 197 million fans watched the 2017 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. The tournament features both West Indian and international stars and the 6th season this year will include the suspended Australian duo of David Warner and Steve Smith.

The 2018 edition that features 34 matches between six franchises with each team playing five home games begins on August 9 with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars in Trinidad and culminating with the final on September 17 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.  Also, the Jamaica Tallawahs will play three of their home games in Lauderhill, Florida, as the CPL returns to the USA for the third straight year.

New Rules – New Approach
In July 2018, two changes to the playing conditions were announced for the tournament
– Teams now have to finish their quota of 20 overs in 85 minutes, failing which they will be penalized. If a side falls short by one over, 0.05 would be subtracted from their net run rate, with an additional penalty of .10 in NRR for every additional over
– The other change in playing conditions is related to coin toss for Super Over. In the past, the side that batted second in a tied game was given the chance to take first strike in the Super Over

The Tournament Format
– Each of the six teams will play each other twice in a full home-and-away group stage, with two points being awarded for every win
– Any teams who are tied on points at the end of the group stage will be separated by who has a higher net run rate, or – if still equal – whoever has scored the most sixes
– The top four teams then progress into the post-season, where the first placed team plays second for a spot in the final, while third and fourth play in an elimination match
– The winner of the eliminator faces the loser of the first v second playoff for a place in the final

Tournament Stats
Current Champion – Trinbago Knight Riders (2nd title)
Most Successful Team – Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders (2 titles)
Total Runs – 9702
Total Wickets – 397
Fours – 657
Sixes – 447
Run Outs – 34
Stumpings – 10
Catches – 247
Highest Team Score – 208/6 (Trinbago Knight Riders)
Highest Run Getter – Chadwick Walton (458 runs) 
Highest Wicket Taker – Sohail Tanvir (17) 
Maximum Sixes – Evin Lewis (31)
Highest Strike Rate (Min. 30 Runs) – Mohammad Nabi (196.00)
Best Bowling Figures – Sohail Tanvir (3/5) 
Highest Individual Score – Dwayne Smith (103 runs) 
Best Economy – Mohammad Hafeez (5.12) 

The CPL Draft 

Marquee Players – Chris Gayle (Patriots), Lendl Simmons (Stars), Andre Russell, (Tallwahs), Dwayne Bravo (Knight Riders), Sohail Tanvir (Amazon Warriors) and Martin Guptill (Tridents) all commanded top salary slots ($160,000) at this year’s Caribbean Premier League draft. Russell will be making his return to the competition after missing 2017’s tournament due to his one-year ban for a doping violation. The Patriots cemented a fearless opening pairing by picking up Evin Lewis to partner Gayle with their second-round pick. Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Shoaib Malik and Shakib al Hasan were the remaining picks. Pollard was picked up by the St Lucia Stars, bringing a four-year association with the Barbados Tridents to an end.

Round Three – saw the Stars make another strong move with the standout batsman in this year’s Big Bash, D’Arcy Short – who scored a record 572 runs in the competition – their next selection. Elsewhere Sandeep Lamichhane – who was picked up by Delhi Daredevils, to become the first Nepalese player to feature in the IPL – was selected by the Patriots in round 13.

Meanwhile there were no deals for the England trio of Alex Hales, Tymal Mills and Adil Rashid. All three players were draft eligible but the clash with this year’s T20 Blast meant that the earliest they could have been available to feature was August 17. Furthermore if their respective counties go beyond the Blast group stages, they would not be available for the majority of the CPL.

Squads
Barbados Tridents: Martin Guptill, Shakib Al Hasan, Hashim Amla, Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Tion Webster, Imran Khan, Dominic Drakes, Shamar Springer, Sunny Sohal, Chemar Holder
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshon Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Akshaya Persaud
Jamaica Tallawahs: Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson, Kirstan Kallicharan
St Lucia Stars: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, D’Arcy Short, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Mitch McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Rakheem Cornwall, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Dasun Shanaka, Chris Lamont, Obed McCoy, Jaskaran Malhotra, Odean Smith
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Lamichanne, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Glen Javelle
Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Ronsford Beaton, Junior Dala, Javon Searles, Terrance Hinds, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Philip, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo

FIXTURES
GROUP STAGE
05:30am (August 09) – Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Stars, 1st Match
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
03:30am (August 10) – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 2nd Match
Providence Stadium, Guyana
05:30am (August 11) – Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 3rd Match
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
01:30am (August 12) – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars, 4th Match
Providence Stadium, Guyana
05:30am (August 12) – Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 5th Match
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
03:30am (August 13) – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents, 6th Match
Providence Stadium, Guyana
04:30am (August 15) – Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Lucia Stars, 7th Match
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
04:30am (August 16) – Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 8th Match
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
05:30am (August 17) – St Lucia Stars vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 9th Match
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
06:30am (August 18) – St Lucia Stars vs Barbados Tridents, 10th Match
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
05:30am (August 19) – Jamaica Tallawahs vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 11th Match
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
03:30am (August 20) – Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 12th Match
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
03:30am (August 22) – St Lucia Stars vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 13th Match
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
03:30am (August 23) – Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents, 14th Match
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
06:30am (August 25) – St Lucia Stars vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 15th Match
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
01:30am (August 26) – Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 16th Match
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
05:30am (August 26) – St Lucia Stars vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 17th Match
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
03:30am (August 27) – Barbados Tridents vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 18th Match
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
03:30am (August 29) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 19th Match
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
05:30am (August 30) – Barbados Tridents vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 20th Match
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
03:30am (August 31) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs St Lucia Stars, 21st Match
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
05:30am (September 01) – Barbados Tridents vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 22nd Match
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
03:30am (September 02) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 23rd Match
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
11:30 PM (September 02) – Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Stars, 24th Match
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
03:30am (September 03) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 25th Match
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
03:30am (September 05) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Tridents, 26th Match
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
05:30am (September 06) – Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 27th Match
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
05:30am (September 08) – Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents, 28th Match
Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
05:30am (September 09) – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 29th Match
Providence Stadium, Guyana
03:30am (September 10) – Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 30th Match
Providence Stadium, Guyana

PLAYOFFS
03:30am (September 12) – TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 1
Providence Stadium, Guyana
03:30am (September 13) – TBC vs TBC, Eliminator
Providence Stadium, Guyana
05:30am (September 15) – TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 2
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
02:30am (September 17) – TBC vs TBC, Final
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad

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