The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fixtures for the 2018 season have been announced as the best cricketing talent from across the Caribbean and from around the world are set to take part in the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’.
The 34-match season will begin on August 8, with the final on September 16, 2018.
For the third successive year the tournament will return to the USA, with three matches taking place at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
The first match will see last year’s winners, Trinbago Knight Riders, take on St Lucia Stars while the Guyana Amazon Warriors will get underway against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Game five will see a repeat of last year’s final with the Knight Riders taking on the Patriots.
This year the semi-final and final will be in Trinidad with the venue for the first two knockout matches yet to be confirmed.
Jason Holder, the Windies Test and ODI captain, is looking forward to returning to the Hero CPL and getting stuck into the tournament.
“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” Holder said in a interview with CPLT20.
Moreover, this year will also see the return of Andre Russell to the Jamaica Tallawahs, and the most explosive T20 cricketer in the world is excited about being back at this innovative T20 tournament.
“I cannot wait to be back playing for Jamaica Tallawahs at the Hero CPL. 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.”
Hero CPL’s CEO, Damien O’Donohoe, in a release expressed his excitement about the upcoming season, while outlining that “We are delighted with how Hero CPL continues to grow. Last season we saw almost 200 million viewers watch the tournament and Hero CPL also made a huge impact on the economies of the countries we visited. We are certain that this year we will see those numbers grow once again.”
Meanwhile, speaking about the announcement of the tournament fixtures, Hero CPL’s COO, Pete Russell said: “It is very pleasing to get the fixture list agreed for this year. Moving the tournament between seven nation states always represents a huge logistical challenge and I would like to thank our operations team for pulling it all together for another year.”
Hero CPL 2018 Fixtures
|Wednesday 8 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Stars, Trinidad|
|Thursday 9 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Venue TBC|
|Friday 10 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinidad|
|Saturday 11 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Venue TBC|
|Saturday 11 Aug||Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Trinidad|
|Sunday12 Aug||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Venue TBC|
|Tuesday 14 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Stars, Jamaica|
|Wednesday 15 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Jamaica|
|Thursday 16 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders, St Lucia|
|Friday 17 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents, St Lucia|
|Saturday 18 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, USA|
|Sunday19 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders, USA|
|Tuesday 21 Aug||St Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia|
|Wednesday 22 Aug||Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents, USA|
|Friday 24 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia|
|Saturday 25 Aug||Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Barbados|
|Saturday 25 Aug||St Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia|
|Sunday26 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders, Barbados|
|Tuesday 28 Aug||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts|
|Wednesday 29 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados|
|Thursday 30 Aug||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Stars, St Kitts|
|Friday 31 Aug||Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados|
|Saturday 1 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders, St Kitts|
|Sunday2 Sept||Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Stars, Barbados|
|Sunday2 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts|
|Tuesday 4 Sept||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Barbados Tridents, St Kitts|
|Wednesday 5 Sept||Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinidad|
|Friday 7 Sept||Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents, Trinidad|
|Saturday 8 Sept||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Venue TBC|
|Sunday9 Sept||Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Venue TBC|
|Tuesday 11 Sept||Playoff 1 – 1st v 2nd, Venue TBC|
|Wednesday 12 Sept||Playoff 2 – 3rd v 4th, Venue TBC|
|Friday 14 Sept||Semi-final -Winner Playoff 2 v Loser Playoff 1, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad|
|Sunday16 Sept||Final – Winner Playoff 1 v Winner Semi-final, Brian Lara Cricket Academy Trinidad|