CPL 2020: 5 Players to watch out for in the tournament

CPL 2020: 5 Players to watch out for in the tournament

The CPL has made us explore newer territories and it has been an exceptional platform for some relatively unknown players, who have gone on to establish themselves in their national sides or acquire other T20 league tickets for themselves.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

The shortest format of cricket is all set to resume after an agonizing COVID-enforced sabbatical as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is commencing on August 18. The 33-match tournament is scheduled to be played in Trinidad and Tobago as a closed-door event at two venues: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

The CPL has made us explore newer territories and it has been an exceptional platform for some relatively unknown players, who have gone on to establish themselves in their national sides or acquire other T20 league tickets for themselves. While the Indian Premier League (IPL) remains to be the pinnacle of franchise-based short-format leagues, the CPL has quietly and calmly carved out a niche for itself with many players showing interest.

This year the tournament will garner more attention for its going to be the first prominent T20 league amidst the pandemic. A number of dazzling players set to be in action this time around.

In the article, let’s take a look at five players who are likely to grab the most eyeballs this year: –

1. Sunil Narine (Trinbago Knight Riders)

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine (R) of Trinbago Knight Riders. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Sunil Narine, the puzzling Trinidadian spinner has established himself as a brand in the T20 format. With ample of variations ranging from carom ball, knuckle-ball, and skidders in his bowling armory, Narine is renowned for his miserly bowling.

Apart from his work with the ball, Narine has proven himself to be an extremely handy pitch-hitter and has performed in that role for his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) many times. His fearless batting led him to even turn an opener and he has been seen blistering the opponent bowlers by making full use of the fielding restrictions.

Having played 71 matches, Narine is one of the most experienced contenders in CPL. He has scored 481 runs with the bat and has bagged 72 wickets at an extremely frugal career economy of 5.5 in his CPL career thus far.