Squads for Hero CPL confirmed

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 squads for the Hero Caribbean Premier League have been confirmed with all players and coaching staff now in Trinidad & Tobago. The whole CPL cohort will be in strict quarantine for the first 14 days they are in the country.

There were three players and one coach who have not been able to travel as a result of the stringent protocols in place to ensure the safety of the CPL cohort and the population of Trinidad & Tobago.

Every person was tested 72 hours before they travelled, in order to ensure that all members of the party were travelling virus-free. One player based in Jamaica tested positive for COVID-19, and he had been training with two others, so all three were withdrawn.

One coach based in Australia also tested positive before he departed, so he was not able to travel either.

Michael Hall, CPL Tournament Operations Director, said: “These withdrawals are a sign of the testing protocols that CPL put in place working as they should, and while it is disappointing for the players and coaches involved, it is vital that CPL does nothing to compromise the safety of all those involved in the tournament, and the public of Trinidad.

“There have been other changes to the squads and support staff as a result of other logistical challenges with the difficulty of travelling at the current time.”

The tournament gets underway on 18 August, and will see 33 games played at two venues in Trinidad. The first match will see last year’s runners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders. The final will take place on 10 September.