The “Biggest Party in Sport” is coming! The dates have been finalised for the third edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and the tournament will be much earlier in the year than it was in the previous two editions.
In a wide-ranging interview with this news outfit on Friday, Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Operations Manager Omar Khan revealed that the 2015 CPL will take place from June 20 to July 26.
During the first two installments in 2013 and 2014, the tournament started in July and ended in August. Khan revealed that with the dates now known, the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise is busy putting the necessary systems in place to ensure a victorious campaign for the team, as well as a successful hosting of the Guyana leg, which is expected to have four games.
“Our home games in Guyana will be from July 13th to the 19th and with that in mind, we’re putting things in place not only for the team’s preparation and putting together the players to combine the team, but more importantly to prepare for hosting of the games here in Guyana and putting all the logistics and all the necessary arrangements that we need to put in place for hosting these games,” he divulged.
Khan, a former West Indies Senior Team Manager, pointed out that the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise has already started to lay the groundwork to ensure the franchise goes one step further and win the title, after finishing as runner-up in the previous two editions.
Currently, the franchise is preparing its list of desired players with the aim of capturing them at the Players’ Draft, but is cautious about the new system being employed this year.
“From this year, the Draft will be different from the previous two years. There would be no icon players assigned to each team; all players go back into the Draft. The franchises do have the opportunity, if they so desire, to retain players and you could retain only four players this year from last year’s team. Those are players who would have played for you last year. So all those things we need to look at – strategise and identify what are the best options we have available and pick the best group of players that would suit our needs when the Draft takes place,” Khan explained.
During the first two years, each franchise was assigned an icon player, namely Marlon Samuels (Antigua Hawksbills); Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents); Sunil Narine (Guyana Amazon Warriors); Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs); Darren Sammy (St Lucia Zouks); and Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel).
The Caribbean Premier League is the region’s premier T20 tournament, attracting sold-out crowds and being viewed by millions across the globe. It has been a massive contributor to the economies of the host countries, surpassing its financial gains last year in comparison to 2013.