Carribean star T20 players like Andre Russell and Jason Holder will play on this edition of the CPL. The Carribean Premier League is all set to start from August 8 and the duo's inclusion will add more allure to the competition.
The tournament will consist of 34 matches with the final to be played on September 16 and for the third consecutive year the tournament will have three matches played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
The defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders will take on the St Lucia Stars in the first match of the league whereas Guyana Amazon Warriors will compete against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the second game. The venue of the first two knockout matches are yet to be decided.
Jason Holder, the Windies Test and ODI captain, is looking forward to returning to the Caribbean Premier League. “It feels great! To come back home to play for the Barbados Tridents, it’s a pleasing feeling for me. And it’ll be my first time leading in T20 cricket and I’m really looking forward to it, I think it’s something that will help improve my captaincy on a whole.
“So, it will be good to mingle with guys like Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill. We’ve got overseas stars that will lend their experience and help me along the way as well so I’m really looking forward to that and hopefully, Barbados Tridents could again be very, very successful in the CPL.”
The star player of Indian Premier League for KKR, Andre Russell also has returned home after a successful tournament in India. His presence in Jamaica Tallawahs will be really pivotal for the team.
“I cannot wait to be back playing for Jamaica Tallawahs. It will be great to link up with all the players at the Tallawahs and hopefully we can play some exciting cricket again this year and bring the CPL trophy back to Jamaica in 2018,” said Russell.