Caribbean Premier League 2014 Teams Preview & Predictions

by Bilal Anjum | Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | 1

Just in case you were wondering how you will be spending your summer after the football world cup ecstasy ends, then we have got an exciting news for you. Cricket is coming back to the Caribbean and that too in its most colorful format, T20.


The second edition of action packed, Caribbean premier League will be starting from 11th of July in Grenada. The final of 37 day tournament will played on 16th August at Warner Park.

The opening match will be played between Amazon and Hawksbills at St.George’s and will be broadcasted from 1800 GMT onwards. Following 6 teams from different regions of Caribbean will be competing in 30 matches in this year’s league.

  1. Antigua HAWKBILLS
  2. Barbados TRIDENTS.
  4. Jamaica TALLAWAHS.
  5. St.Lucia  Zouks.
  6. Trinidad & Tobago RED STEEL.

Each team will be a mixture of West Indian and international players but there is a cap on the number of overseas players in the playing XI, allowing   only three foreign players to be included in the playing XI.

Entertainment will have no bounds as fans will get to watch, the T20 expert, Chris Gayle who will be representing Jamaica Tallawahs along with Pakistani opener Ahmed Shahzad. Both of these players showed remarkable performances in the inaugural tournament, held last year. Kieron Pollard who has the reputation to maintain as a pinch hitter will be seen in the Barbados Tridents’ jersey.

Foreign Imports:

Saeed Ajmal’s services have been acquired by Antigua Hawksbills. Apart from the aforementioned, other international players who will be seen in action include Shoaib Malik,David Hussey,Thisara Parera, Martin Guptill,Imran Nazir,Nasir Jamshed,Corey Anderson,Muttiah Murlitharan,Brad Hodge,Sohail Tanveer,Ross Taylor,Muhmmad Hafeez,Daniel Vettori and Kevin Peterson.

Muhammad Hafeez and Kevin Pieterson are among the most expensive players of this year’s CPL T20 each coming under a price tag of 80,000 $.

The star Bangladeshi all rounder,Shakaib ul Hassan who was supposed to join Barbados Tridents will miss this year’s league as he has been suspended by BCB  from all sorts of competitions and has been forbidden from playing in any overseas tournaments until the end of 2015 due to “severe attitude problems”.

The Hollywood Touch

Holly wood stars have also appeared to be deeply interested in CPL. Gerrard Buttler, the star of the hit movies like “Law Abiding Citizen” and “The Ugly Truth “ is the part owner of the defending champion Jamaica Tallawahs whereas Mark Wahlberg, the hero of “Lone Survivor” owns  Barbados Tridents.

The first edition of Caribbean premier league was a huge success as it managed to attract great crowds, largely due to the popularity of shorter version of game in the Caribbean, into the usually deserted stadiums. Jamaica Tallawahs defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in the inaugural tournament last year to become champions.

Shoaib Malik was the leading scorer in last year’s CPL T20, scoring 276 runs whereas Krishmar  Santokie was the highest wicket taker as he claimed 16 scalps.

No Indian player will be playing in the event partly because of the ongoing series between India and England and mainly because Indian Cricket board didn’t issue NOC’s to its players for participating in CPL.

Pakistan Cricket board was also reluctant on granting NOC to the 7 Pakistani players who are supposed to take part in CPL and granted them NOC on the condition that they will not be part of the national team for the Srilankan tour. Former Test Capitan, Wasim Akram was highly critical of this move by PCB and urged PCB to allow Pakistani players to play in CPL. Pakistani players are already barred from playing in IPL thus depriving them not only from an opportunity to earn some serious money but also from a vital learning experience.

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