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Caribbean Premier League

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Caribbean Premier League
West Indies
Administrator West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
Format Twenty20
First tournament
Tournament format
Group stage and knockout
Number of teams 6
Current champion
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel (1st title)
Most successful Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
Jamaica Tallawahs
Barbados Tridents (1 each)
Qualification Champions League Twenty20
Most runs
Lendl Simmons (712)
Most wickets
Krishmar Santokie (33)
2015 Caribbean Premier League
The Caribbean Premier League (abbreviated to CPL or CPLT20) is an annual Twenty2
0 cricket tournament held in the Caribbean. It was created in 2013 and replaced
the Caribbean Twenty20 as the premier Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean.[1]
It is currently sponsored by Hero MotoCorp and is officially titled the Hero CPL
.[2] The inaugural tournament was won by the Jamaica Tallawahs who defeated the
Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.[3]
Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Format
3 Salary cap
4 Teams
4.1 Defunct
5 Venues
6 Sponsorships
7 Tournament results
8 References
9 External links
Twenty20 domestic cricket first appeared in an organized manner in the West Indi
es in 2006 with the privately organized Stanford 20/20. The second and last tour
nament of the Stanford competition was officially made part of the West Indies C
ricket Board (WICB) calendar in 2008, after which the tournament ended when its
sponsor Allen Stanford was charged with fraud and arrested in June 2009. The nex
t organized Twenty20 competition came about with the creation of the Caribbean T
wenty20 tournament by the WICB. The Caribbean Twenty20 was created to fill the g
ap left by the end of the Stanford 20/20 and to coincide with the 2010 Champions
League Twenty20 tournament, which started less than two months after. The top d
omestic team from the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament qualified for the Champions
League as the sole representative of the West Indies.[4]
The WICB first announced the plans for the Caribbean Premier League in September
2012 when it was revealed that the board was "in the advanced stages of discuss
ions to have a commercial Twenty20 league in the region" with an unnamed investo
r and hoped to conclude a deal before 30 September.[5] On 14 September, the boar
d met to make decisions on the structure and organization of the Caribbean Twent
y20 CPL Schedule in January; to discuss the governance structure of the board an
d also discuss the planned commercial Twenty20 league and to finalize its struct
ure. The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) and the Wes
t Indies Players Association (WIPA) were also to be brought in to discuss issues
pertaining to players in relation to the planned T20 league.[6] On December 13,

2012, the WICB announced that they had finalized an agreement with Ajmal Khan[7
] founder of Verus International,a Barbados-based merchant bank, for the funding
of the new franchise-based Twenty20 league to be launched in 2013. It was then
expected that the new Caribbean Premier League was likely to comprise six Caribb
ean city-based franchises as opposed to the current territorial set-up with the
majority of the players are to come from the West Indies. As part of the agreeme
nt, the WICB will receive additional funding from Verus International for additi
onal retainer contracts for players in addition to the 20 annual retainer contra
cts the board currently funds.[8]
Dates for the tournament were confirmed for the 2013 Caribbean Premier League as
29 July to 26 August. The 2014 and 2015 tournaments are planned to take place f
rom 5 July to 10 August and 21 June to 26 July respectively.[9]
Six teams competed in the first CPLT20 tournament in 2013
Jamaica Tallawahs, Tri
nidad and Tobago Red Steel, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia
Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills. The CPL T20 tournament is played between six teams a
nd is divided into a group stage and a knockout stage. In the group stage, the t
eams each play ten matches overall, three of which are at home. This unusual for
mat occurs because all six teams are co-located at a single playing site for fiv
e sequential matches of the tourney, then the whole tournament moves to a new lo
cation for five more games (and so on). Six stadiums are used (see Venues below)
, each a home field for one of the teams. The playoff stage includes two semi-fi
nals and a final to determine the winner of the tournament. All three of the eli
mination playoff games will be played at Queen's Park Oval.[10]
Salary cap[edit]
As of April 2014, the Caribbean Premier League's salary cap is $350,000.[11][12]
The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each, includin
g a maximum of fo