CPL 2021 Cricket

When and where will Caribbean Premier League 2021 matches be played? Check out the CPL 2021 Fixtures!

The ninth season of one of the most popular Twenty20 International (T20) cricket leagues, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021, is set to begin on August 26.

Overall, 33 matches will be played between August 26 and September 15, including 30 league games, 2 semi-final matches, and 1 final match. All 33 matches of CPL 2021 will be played at Warner Park in Basseterre, the capital city of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

It’s rare that all matches are played at the same venue. So, when the CPL announced that Warner Park, Saint Kitts and Nevis would host all the fixtures, there were concerns that it could deteriorate the pitch quality and put pressure on the park’s infrastructure.

But the administrators clarified that there are six training grounds around St Kitts, which franchises will use for training. It means that Warner Park is only hosting the matches, as it won’t be used for training.

Six teams will participate in the league: Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, Barbados Tridents, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs, and St Lucia Zouks.

Each team will play ten league matches. During the league stage, all teams will play against each other twice, totalling 30 league matches overall. Since league matches aren’t an elimination round, teams will have ample opportunity to make comebacks.

At the end of league matches, the top 4 teams will advance to the semi-finals, the knock-out stage. Both the semi-final matches are scheduled for September 14 2021. The winning teams will move to the Final, which will be played on September 15 to decide the winner of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 title.

A total of 33 matches over 21 days may seem like a tight schedule for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021, but this is the best the administrators could do this year. The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) second half will also be played soon after CPL 2021 is over.

This is the only window for CPL 2021 to happen, also considering that many players participate in IPL and CPL both. But cricket punters are not complaining because CPL 2021 is sure going to be a thrilling T20 tournament with exciting matches and talented players.

Some of the top international cricketers, like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Anrich Nortje, Chris Gayle, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, and Mohammad Amir will play in CPL 2021, which will make it an edge of the seat affair.

Dates, Timings, Venue, & Schedule of Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL) T20 fixtures

Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL) T20 fixtures

# Match Date Timings IST* Venue
1 Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Trinbago Knight Riders Thursday 26 August 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
2 Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Friday 27 August 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
3 Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Lucia Zouks Friday 27 August 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
4 Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents Saturday 28 August 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
5 Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Saturday 28 August 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
6 Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents Sunday 29 August 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
7 St Lucia Zouks vs Trinbago Knight Riders Sunday 29 August 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
8 St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Monday 30 August 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
9 Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Zouks Tuesday 31 August 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
10 Barbados Tridents vs Jamaica Tallawahs Wednesday 1 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
11 Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Wednesday 1 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
12 Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Thursday 2 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
13 St Lucia Zouks vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Thursday 2 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
14 St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Tridents Friday 3 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
15 St Lucia Zouks vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Saturday 4 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
16 Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents Sunday 5 September 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
17 St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs St Lucia Zouks Sunday 5 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
18 Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs Monday 6 September 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
19 Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders Tuesday 7 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
20 Barbados Tridents vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Wednesday 8 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
21 St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs Wednesday 8 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
22 Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Zouks Thursday 9 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
23 Barbados Tridents vs Trinbago Knight Riders Thursday 9 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
24 St Lucia Zouks vs Jamaica Tallawahs Friday 10 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
25 St Lucia Zouks vs Barbados Tridents Saturday 11 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
26 Jamaica Tallawahs vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Sunday 12 September 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
27 Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Sunday 12 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
28 Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks Sunday 12 September 7:30pm Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
29 Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs Monday 13 September 12am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
30 St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders Monday 13 September 4:30am Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
31 Semi-final 1  – 1st placed team vs 4th placed team Tuesday 14 September   Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
32 Semi-final 2 – 2nd placed team vs 3rd placed team Tuesday 14 September   Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
33 Final Wednesday 15 September   Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts


* All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

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A brief history of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – Previous Winners, Runners Up, Top Scorers, and More!

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a Twenty20 International (T20) cricket tournament played annually in the Caribbean. It attracts some of the best cricketers from the West Indies and other countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, and India.

In 2013, Cricket West Indies founded CPL as the premier Caribbean T20 cricket tournament of the Caribbean. Earlier, Caribbean Twenty20 was the main T20 competition there, but CPL replaced it. The West Indies board also sealed an agreement with entrepreneur Ajmal Khan for CPL’s funding.

Ajmal Khan is a famous businessman in the Caribbean, having founded several enterprises, including Verus International, a Barbados-based merchant bank.

Interestingly, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, a leading motorcycle and scooter manufacturer based in New Delhi, India, is the main sponsor of CPL. That’s why the tournament is also called Hero CPL.

Six teams, each representing a country from the West Indies, participate in CPL – Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks, Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

The idea of having country-based teams helps in marketing cricket in those territories. Additionally, it gives an opportunity to young players to participate in an international-level league to hone their skills and become better cricketers.

Trinbago Knight Riders was earlier called Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. They had a name change after Red Chillies Entertainment, the parent company of Kolkata Knight Riders, an Indian Premier League (IPL) team, bought a stake in Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in 2015.

In the initial seasons of CPL, Antigua Hawksbills, a franchise team from Antigua and Barbuda, used to participate; however, its performance was never up to the mark even when legendary Antiguan cricketer, Sir Vivian Richards, had coached it in 2013.

Antigua Hawksbills stood fifth in CPL 2013 and finished last in CPL 2014. Later, in 2015, many players from the team chose to play for a new franchise, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, and Antigua Hawksbills decided not to participate in CPL.

Even though CPL is still a relatively young cricket league, it has provided a lot of action and excitement not only for cricket lovers, but also for sports punters. Read on as we discuss interesting facts about CPL, winners list, top teams, best batsmen and bowlers.

Interesting facts about the best performing teams, top scorers, & wicket-takers of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)

CPL T20 Top Scorers Of the Season's

By beating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final, Jamaica Tallawahs had emerged as the winners of the CPL’s inaugural edition in 2013.

  • The unluckiest team of the league is Guyana Amazon Warriors, which reached the final of CPL on five occasions (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, & 2019), but never won the title. Its fans are eager to see if Guyana Amazon Warriors break the jinx in 2021.
  • Trinbago Knight Riders is the most successful team, having won CPL four times, in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020. Other successful teams of CPL are Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs, which have won the title two times each.
  • Lendl Simmons, a cricketer from Trinidad, is the top scorer for CPL. Simmons has scored 2,436 runs to date in all editions of CPL, put together. He was the leading scorer for Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2014 by making 446 runs. In 2020, he repeated the feat by scoring 356 runs, but he had switched to Trinbago Knight Riders by then.
  • Dwayne Bravo, a famous medium-pacer from the West Indies, is the leading wicket-taker for CPL. Bravo has taken 106 wickets so far in the tournament. In 2015, he was adjudged the ‘Player of the Series’ for taking 28 wickets and helping his team, Trinbago Knight Riders, win the cup. Dwayne Bravo continued his excellent run in CPL 2016 as well by taking 21 wickets.
  • There’s another Bravo, too, who has played superbly well in CPL. Darren Bravo, one of the leading scorers for Trinbago Knight Riders, is the younger half-brother of Dwayne Bravo. By hitting 1,726 runs, he has played a vital role in the success of the Trinbago Knight Riders.
  • Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are the most successful batsman and bowler for Jamaica Tallawahs, respectively. Gayle scored 1,695 runs for the team between 2013 and 2019, while Russel has taken 58 wickets to date.
  • Several international cricketers have performed well in CPL editions. Colin Munro, a New Zealand cricketer, was CPL’s Player of the Series in 2018 for hammering 567 runs and helping Trinbago Knight Riders win the cup.
  • Shoaib Malik from Pakistan scored most runs in CPL 2013 when he made 272 for his team, Barbados Tridents. Likewise, Fawad Ahmed, a Pakistani-Australian cricketer, took most wickets in CPL’s 2018 edition when he took 22 scalps for Trinbago Knight Riders.

Year-wise CPL winners list, runners up, and leading players

Year Winners Runners Up Most runs Most wickets
2013 Jamaica Tallawahs Guyana Amazon Warriors Shoaib Malik (Barbados Tridents) (272 runs) Krishmar Santokie (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (16 wickets)
2014 Barbados Tridents Guyana Amazon Warriors Lendl Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (446 runs) Ravi Rampaul (Barbados Tridents) (18 wickets)
2015 Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel Barbados Tridents Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs) (430 runs) Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel) (28 wickets)
2016 Jamaica Tallawahs Guyana Amazon Warriors Chris Lynn (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (454 runs) Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders) (21 wickets)
2017 Trinbago Knight Riders St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (458 runs) Sohail Tanvir (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (17 wickets)
2018 Trinbago Knight Riders Guyana Amazon Warriors Colin Munro (Trinbago Knight Riders) (567 runs) Fawad Ahmed (Trinbago Knight Riders) (22 wickets)
2019 Barbados Tridents Guyana Amazon Warriors Brandon King (Guyana Amazon Warriors) (496 runs) Hayden Walsh Jr. (Barbados Tridents) (22 wickets)
2020 Trinbago Knight Riders St Lucia Zouks Lendl Simmons (Trinbago Knight Riders) (356 runs) Scott Kuggeleijn (St Lucia Zouks) (17 wickets)

Player of the Series of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for various seasons

Year Player of the series
2013 Krishmar Santokie (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2014 Lendl Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2015 Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel)
2016 Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs)
2017 Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
2018 Colin Munro (Trinbago Knight Riders)
2019 Hayden Walsh Jr. (Barbados Tridents)
2020 Kieron Pollard (Trinbago Knight Riders)

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Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 Predictions for Winner, Runner-Up, Top Scorer, and more!

One of the prominent Twenty20 cricket leagues globally, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), is set to begin its ninth season from August 26. Whether you’re a cricket lover or a punter, now is the time to analyse the team line-ups, the strengths and weaknesses of each player, the quality of the pitch, and playing conditions.

Historically, CPL has offered batsmen-friendly pitches, which also assisted spinners. This year, too, spin is going to play an important part because all the matches will be held at Warner Park, Saint Kitts and Nevis. This pitch is likely to help spinners move the ball.

That’s only fair because it allows a relatively even contest between the bat and the ball. Apart from spinners, even medium-pacers have been effective in the previous editions of CPL, which means there’s something for everyone in this league. That is what makes it worth looking out for.

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Read on as we throw light on the likely course of CPL in its ninth edition.

CPL 2021 Predictions for Winner & Runner-Up Teams

CPL 2021 Winner Prediction

After spending countless hours on every nuance of the game, our experts think that Trinbago Knight Riders has the best chance of winning the CPL 2021 cup. If they do so, they will be emerging as CPL winners for the record fifth time.

Sceptics may doubt our prediction, but our assessment shows that no other team has the kind of talented pool this team has. Granted that they have lost their champion bowler, Dwayne Bravo, to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, but even then, they have Sunil Narine and Khary Pierre, who are wicket-taking bowlers.

Moreover, Trinbago Knight Riders have got the rising leg-spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane, on their side. This addition seems well thought of, given that Warner Park provides help to spinners.

Besides, they have the most formidable batting combination, thanks to Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro, and Lendl Simmons. Munro and Simmons were the leading-scorers of CPL in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Munro had hammered an impressive 567 runs in 2018, playing a vital role in Trinbago Knight Riders winning the cup.

Guyana Amazon Warriors is most likely to finish as the runner-up this year. Per se, it’s not bad, but if they indeed lose in the final, it will be the sixth occasion that they will fail to win the final. There’s no denying that Guyana Amazon Warriors is a talented side. They have two of the most destructive T20 batsmen in their line-up: Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer.

Pooran has scored more than 3,000 runs in the T20 format, and he’s almost a veteran of limited-overs cricket. Hetmyer, on the other hand, loves dealing in sixes and can quickly propel the run-rate. Brandon King is another talented batsman on their side, who too can win matches.

When it comes to bowling, they have one of the best spinners in the world, Imran Tahir, and also a rising wrist-spinner, Waqar Salamkheil. Guyana Amazon Warriors also has Naveen-ul-Haq, a talented medium-pacer from Afghanistan, who was quite impressive in CPL 2020’s edition.

If Guyana Amazon Warriors has so much talent, the question is: Why can’t they win the cup this time? We think that they don’t have the killer combination of the kind Trinbago Knight Riders has. No doubt they are a talented side, but they need the ability to win the tight moments regularly to win the cup.

Predictions for CPL Top Scorer & Top Wicket-Taker in its Ninth Edition

Colin Munro, the big hitter from New Zealand, is most likely to emerge as the top scorer in CPL’s ninth edition. He’s one of the most prolific batsmen in this league, having earlier also been CPL top scorer.

At 34, we think Munro still has a lot of batting left in him, which Trinbago Knight Riders would love to capitalize on. So far, he has scored 1,753 runs for them at an impressive average of 39.84. After Munro, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are going to be the other leading scorers of CPL 2021.

Since Warner Park will provide help for spinners, it’s very possible that he would end up being the leading wicket-taker this time around. Imran Tahir is most expected to take maximum wickets in CPL 2021.

Although Tahir has never achieved this feat earlier, he has taken 47 wickets in 32 matches for Guyana Amazon Warriors to date. He’s going to trouble batters with his googlies this time as well.

Dwayne Bravo was the leading wicket-taker twice earlier, but he has switched sides to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. His wicket-tally will depend upon how far his team goes, and it’s not likely that they will go far.

Bowlers, who are going to give a tough competition to Tahir for most wickets, are Sunil Narine and Sandeep Lamichhane from Trinbago Knight Riders and Hayden Walsh Jr. from Barbados Tridents.

Both Narine and Lamichhane are capable of taking wickets. Narine, in fact, has been a regular in T20 cricket for years, and Hayden Walsh Jr. was the leading wicket-taker in CPL 2019 when he took 22 scalps, but it seems that Tahir has just that bit of an extra edge over other spinners.

So, if you are betting on top scorer and top wicket-taker, Colin Munro and Imran Tahir are your best bets, respectively.

Young Guns to Watch Out for in CPL 2021

CPL 2021 Players To Watch Out!

Although most players who participate in CPL are 30 plus, several young players also play in this league, as it provides them with a great platform to showcase their talent. Playing in CPL gives them international exposure and enables them to hone their skills. Some of these young players can turn out to be match-winners this time.

In the ninth season of CPL, many young spinners will play, hoping to impress everyone with their performance. Like we discussed, Warner Park’s pitch usually helps spin movement, and that’s why teams were eager to sign-up spinners.

For example, Trinbago Knight Riders have a talented, young leg spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane, who’s becoming a key feature of T20 matches worldwide. Leg spin, in particular, can be effective at Warner Park.

Other teams also have capable young spinners like Waqar Salamkheil (Guyana Amazon Warriors) and Qais Ahmad (Jamaica Tallawahs).

Waqar Salamkheil and Qais Ahmad are both young cricketers from Afghanistan. They are 19-20 years of age and are looking forward to gaining valuable experience at CPL. While Salamkheil is a left-arm wrist-spinner, Ahmad is a leg spinner. Both can turn the ball enough to trouble even a well-set batsman.

Oshane Thomas (Barbados Tridents) and Naveen-ul-Haq (Guyana Amazon Warriors) are bright young fast-bowlers who’ll be eager to make their mark in CPL 2021.

Oshane Thomas is a 6-foot 6-inch-tall fast bowler from Jamaica who has clocked a speed of 97mph in a CPL match. He can bowl bouncers, yorkers and can also swing the ball.

Naveen-ul-Haq, a 21-year-old fast-medium bowler from Afghanistan, will be looking forward to playing well in this edition of CPL.

Several young cricketers from West Indies are also going to feature in CPL 2021, which includes Joshua Da Silva (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Leonardo Julien (Trinbago Knight Riders), Joshua James (Jamaica Tallawahs), and Jayden Seales (Trinbago Knight Riders).

While Da Silva and Julien are wicketkeeper-batsmen, James and Seales are fast bowlers. These players have excelled at the Under-19 level, and they are ready to show their mettle at a bigger stage.

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