The seventh edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is set to take place between September 4 and October . The dates were finalized after the CPL and Cricket West Indies (CWI) agreed to a window for the 2019 season of the T20 extravaganza. The event would be a witness to high-quality cricket as the centrally contracted players of the West Indies team would be available for the most part of the tournament.
The opening round of matches would be played in Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana before the tournament returns to the two countries for the playoffs and the final. In the meantime, Pete Russell, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the T20 extravaganza, sounded delighted on the developments and is looking forward to having the best in the business from around the world.
“We are very pleased to be playing our tournament in August and September for the third successive year and we have now agreed that this will be the time of year that CPL takes place for the next five seasons,” Russell was quoted as saying in CPL’s official website.
“Fans now associate this time of year with CPL and we have already started work on bringing the party to life in 2019. Having the best Caribbean cricketers and the world’s best overseas players is what our tournament is all about, and this window gives us that.”
Speaking about the tournament, Johnny Grave, the Chief Executive Officer of CWI, mentioned: “The CPL has developed into one of the best and most exciting T20 competitions in the world and we look forward to hosting another successful tournament later this year.
We are pleased that we have been able to find a window in our WINDIES International calendar to ensure that all the best Caribbean cricketers can take part, as the tournament plays a crucial role in our preparations and planning for the T20 World Cup in 2020.”
Last season, Trinbago Knight Riders, captained by Dwayne Bravo, became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the CPL. They managed to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final at Brian Lara Stadium by eight wickets to lift the championship.