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.
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.
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.
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.
Local Franchise Player
International Franchise Player
|Antigua Hawksbills||Marlon Samuels||Viv Richards||Marlon Samuels||Ricky Ponting|
|Barbados Tridents||Kieron Pollard||Desmond Haynes||Kieron Pollard||Shoaib Malik|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||Ramnaresh Sarwan||Roger Harper||Sunil Narine||Mohammad Hafeez|
|Jamaica Tallawahs||Chris Gayle||Paul Nixon||Chris Gayle||Muttiah Muralitharan|
|St Lucia Zouks||Darren Sammy||Andy Roberts||Darren Sammy||Herschelle Gibbs|
|Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel||Dwayne Bravo||Gordon Greenidge||Dwayne Bravo||Ross Taylor|