Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 to start from August 18 behind closed doors; fixtures announced

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 to start from August 18 behind closed doors; fixtures announced

The tournament will be spread across August and September and 33 matches will be played during these two months.

Barbados Tridents
Barbados Tridents. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Cricket is slowly but steadily getting back on track amid the COVID-19 outbreak with the resumption of international cricket. Along with the international scenario, many domestic leagues are also slated to get underway amid the pandemic.

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is also scheduled to kick off from August 18, with all matches taking place across two stadiums in Trinidad & Tobago. The tournament will be spread across August and September and 33 matches will be played during these two months.

The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will host 23 games, including the semi-finals and final, and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will have 10 matches. In the wake of COVID-19 debacle, the players will be seen following the safety protocols and the tournament will take place behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.

The CPL will feature many exciting talents who will battle it out in the middle for their respective franchises. The first match will see last year’s runners-up, Guyana Amazon Warriors, take on Trinbago Knight Riders, while the second game will be last year’s champions, Barbados Tridents taking on St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

“This year will be a different CPL, but the standard will be higher than ever. We have seen the appetite for live sport since it has returned after a prolonged absence, and the interest in CPL will be higher than ever with it being the first franchise T20 tournament to return,” said CPL’s CEO Damien O’Donohoe on the upcoming season of the T20 extravaganza.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the government of Trinidad & Tobago for helping us to put on this tournament in such difficult circumstances. We are delighted that we are able to deliver a tournament that is ensuring the safety of the public and the players and that will be of such a high standard,” said CPL’s COO Pete Russell about staging the tournament during such stern times.

Here are CPL 2020 fixtures (local timing):

Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Tues 18 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Tues 18 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 19)

Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Wed 19 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks

Wed 19 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 20)

Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thurs 20 Aug, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents

Thurs 20 Aug, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 21)

Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs

Sat 22 Aug, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Zouks

Sat 22 Aug, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 23)

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs

Sun 23 Aug, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents

Sun 23 Aug, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 24)

Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks

Queen’s Park Oval

Tues 25 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Barbados Tridents

Tues 25 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 26)

Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Wed 26 August 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders

Wed 26 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 27)

Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs

Thurs 27 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thurs 27 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 28)

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders

Sat 29 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders

Sat 29 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 30)

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs

Sun 30 August, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks

Sun 30 August, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – August 31)

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Tues 1 September, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders

Tues 1 September, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – September 2)

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents

Wed 2 September, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Wed 2 September, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – September 3)

St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Thurs 3 September, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Thurs 3 September, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – September 4)

Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors

Sat 5 September, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Zouks

Sat 5 September, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – September 6)

Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents

Sun 6 September, 10 am (7:30 PM IST)

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders

Sun 6 September, 5:30 pm (3 AM IST – September 7)

St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs

Mon 7 September, TBC

Semi final 1 (1st v 4th)

Tues 8 September, TBC

Semi final 2 (2nd vs 3rd)

Wed 9 September, 8 pm (5:30 AM IST – September 10)

Final