It’s Official! T&T to host entire CPL 2020 tournament

File: CPL cheerleaders at one of the previous Hero Caribbean Premier League matches at the National Stadium in Providence, Guyana. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile

The entire Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament would be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago, according to media reports coming out of the Twin-island Republic.

A Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs media release on Thursday, said, “At today’s meeting the Cabinet agreed to the hosting of the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament in Trinidad over the period August 18, 2020 to September 12, 2020 with strict adherence to the Covid 19 guidelines.”

During the press conference, Minister of Sport and Youths Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago, Shamfa Cudjoe, noted that over 251 individuals will be staying at the Hilton Hotel during the upcoming CPL, but they will also be placed in quarantine.

The Ministry said that under these strict Covid-19 guidelines, the CPL teams will be tested upon entering Trinidad and while departing.

CPL will not allow spectators in the stadiums but live broadcast will be put in place for global viewers.

The CPL players’ draft was held on Monday with the franchises selecting their teams for the 2020 tournament.

According to CPL, the draft was carried out remotely and the six teams have successfully filled out their rosters with both Caribbean and overseas players with Rashid Khan, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor, Pravin Tambe and Carlos Brathwaite all being signed up.

Defending champions, the Barbados Tridents, have signed superstar Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, powerful English opener Alex Hales and Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Their other overseas players are Englishman Harry Gurney and Afghani Rahmanullah Gurbaz. They have retained the core of their championship winning side from last year and they have signed Kyle Mayers to join a strong set of Caribbean players.

Trinbago Knight Riders have signed Pravin Tambe, and the spinner will become the first Indian to play at the CPL. They have also brought back Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who was part of their Championship winning team in 2018. They have signed New Zealand wicket keeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza. They Knight Riders have retained the core of their local players for the 2020 season.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have retained 13 players from the team that went unbeaten during the league stage of last year’s tournament and have added New Zealander Ross Taylor and Afghani Naveen-ul-Haq. Imran Tahir, Chris Green, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford all return to the Amazon Warriors for 2020.

File photo: A large crowd at one of the Amazon Warriors games in Guyana

The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have signed Australians Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk and have also recruited Ish Sodhi and Sohail Tanvir. Rassie van der Dussen returns to the Patriots after a successful spell with the team in 2018 and they welcome back Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell and their captain Rayad Emrit.

The Jamaica Tallawahs are looking to rebuild after a poor season in 2019 which saw them finish in last place in the table. They have recruited Carlos Brathwaite who was released by the Patriots. They have also signed Nepalese leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. They have brought in exciting Pakistani all-rounder Asif Ali and retained their leading run scorer from last season, Glenn Phillips. These overseas players will combine with a strong local contingent which includes Andre Russell, Rovman Powell and Oshane Thomas.

Following is the full lineup of players for the 2020 tournament