12BET India News: Caribbean Premier League to commence in August

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Earlier this week, the West Indies Cricket announced that the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament will kick off in August with defending champion Barbados Tridents against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders to commence the cricket action. This 33-game will be held behind closed doors in bio-secure environments.

“The 33-match season 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 semifinals and final, and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will have 10 matches,” CPL said in a statement. The tournament will run from August 18 with the final slated for September 10.

CPL chief executive Damien O’Donohoe said the Aug. 18-Sept. 10 tournament would be staged in two venues – he Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain – while the semi-finals and final will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Organizers worked with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to ensure the tournament could be staged this year.

“This year will be a different CPL, but the standard will be higher than ever. We have seen the appetite for live sport since it has returned after a prolonged absence, and the interest in CPL will be higher than ever with it being the first franchise T20 tournament to return,” O’Donhoe said. The West Indies players, who had to go into two weeks of quarantine after arriving in Britain, will return to the Caribbean.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the government of Trinidad & Tobago for helping us to put on this tournament in such difficult circumstances. We are delighted that we are able to deliver a tournament that is ensuring the safety of the public and the players and that will be of such a high standard,” CPL COO Pete Russell said.

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Although international cricket has already begun, CPL will be the first T20 league to take place in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The CPL will feature overseas and Caribbean players including Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard. Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place.

“Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad,” CPL statement read. “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 cohort first shows symptoms.”

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