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2018 Aug 07 by DreamCricket USA

Here are 5 reasons why U.S. sports fans should take an active interest in The Caribbean Premier League in 2018, one of the worlds biggest cricket tournaments.

Here are 5 reasons why U.S. sports fans should take an active interest in The Caribbean Premier League in 2018, one of the worlds biggest cricket tournaments.

 

1. It's played in our neck of the woods.

As the name of the tournament suggests, the majority of matches are played throughout the Caribbean. However, a number of matches are also played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill Florida. The Jamaica Tallawahs franchise are using the stadium as a de facto second home, with U.S. based team owner Kris Persaud hoping to attract more high profile games to the local stadium. The West Indies recently played a couple of T20 internationals against Bangladesh, and the facility produced some high-scoring and closely fought matches.


2. Star Power.

Even though the West Indies are no longer world beaters in the test and ODI formats, they are the defending World T20 champions, and continue to produce some of the most explosive players on the planet. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Sunil Narine are names that command a spot in all the major world tournaments, and would also make a lot of people’s all time T20 teams. The tournament also attracts a host international stars. Shahid Afridi, Steve Smith, Brendan McCullum, Shakib al Hasan, Hashim Amla and David Warner are just some of the big name superstars taking part from all over the world.


3. Local Talent

There are 7 players from the USA Cricket national men’s squad playing in this years CPL, with most of them a genuine chance of getting game time.

Ali Khan has recently replaced Ronsford Beaton in the Trinbago Knight Riders squad, and after impressing in his stint at Canada’s GT20 he is every chance of claiming one of the fast bowling slots in the starting XI. The incumbent opening bowlers for the U.S. are also a chance to feature for their sides. Both Elmore Hutchinson for the Jamaica Tallawahs and Saurabh Netravalkar for the Guyana Amazon Warriors impressed during the WICB Super50 last year and that experience should work in their favor. Former U.S. skipper Steven Taylor is also a member of the Tallawahs squad, and as the most talented cricketer this country has produced to date, will surely feature in the top 4 at some stage during the tournament. Sunny Sohal and Jaskaran Malhotra may struggle to get game time at the Tridents and Stars respectively, whilst current #TeamUSA skipper Ibrahim Khaleel will need to unseat Devon Thomas from his wicketkeeping job if he is to play.


4. A Pre-cursor to A Pro League in the U.S.

Now that we are on the door-step of having an ICC ratified, functioning National Governing Body, in USA Cricket, a pro-league of our own can’t be too far away. The CPL is a glimpse of what we can expect, but being the biggest and boldest sports market on the planet, I’m sure we can do things bigger and better!


5. Cricket is A Great Game!

Cricket is not the snooze-fest that you’ve been lead to believe. It is not the second most watched sport on the planet for nothing. Like anything else, once you understand it, and appreciate the finer points of the game, it suddenly becomes far more interesting. The CPL is a T20 tournament, which is by far the most high-octane version of the sport. If you literally know nothing about the sport, or if you’d like to know a little more, this explainer video is a great place to start.


Below is the full Caribbean Premier League schedule for 2018, which can be watched live on WillowTV:
 

Date

CPL Fixtures

Venue

08 August

Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Stars

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

09 August

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Providence Stadium, Guyana

10 August

Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

11 August

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars

Providence Stadium, Guyana

11 August

Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

12 August

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents

Providence Stadium, Guyana

14 August

Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Lucia Stars

Sabina Park, Jamaica

15 August

Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Sabina Park, Jamaica

16 August

St Lucia Stars vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

17 August

St Lucia Stars vs Barbados Tridents

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

18 August

Jamaica Tallawahs vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida

19 August

Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida

21 August

St Lucia Stars vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

22 August

Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents

Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida

24 August

St Lucia Stars vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

25 August

Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Kensington Oval, Barbados

25 August

St Lucia Stars vs Jamaica Tallawahs

Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

26 August

Barbados Tridents vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Kensington Oval, Barbados

28 August

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Warner Park, St Kitts

29 August

Barbados Tridents vs Jamaica Tallawahs

Kensington Oval, Barbados

30 August

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs St Lucia Stars

Warner Park, St Kitts

31 August

Barbados Tridents vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Kensington Oval, Barbados

01 September

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Warner Park, St Kitts

02 September

Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Stars

Kensington Oval, Barbados

02 September

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs

Warner Park, St Kitts

04 September

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Tridents

Warner Park, St Kitts

05 September

Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

07 September

Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad

08 September

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs

Providence Stadium, Guyana

09 September

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Providence Stadium, Guyana

11 September

Playoff 1 (1st vs 2nd)

Providence Stadium, Guyana

12 September

Playoff 2 (3rd vs 4th)

Providence Stadium, Guyana

14 September

Semi-final (Playoff 2 winner vs Playoff 1 loser)

Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad

16 September

CPL 2018 Final

Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad


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